A brand new £12.5m Endoscopy Unit has opened at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.
It will offer a range of services including
- Digital interactive information screens – Bespoke Endoscopy information screens located in waiting rooms will allow patients to download information to their mobile phones providing access to handy details about the facility and their procedure
- Smart touch screens in nurse bay areas will provide improved communication and share patient and room information
- Smart room sensors capture information impacting patient experience, for example light and temperature levels.
- Live rooms – a signage and booking system allowing staff to immediately see the status of a room and quickly locate a suitable available room
Caroline Shaw, CBE, Chief Executive said: “I am thrilled to have opened this new state-of-the-art facility. It provides a much-improved experienced for patients and staff and is a significant development for QEH in modernising our hospital and helping to achieve our ambition of being the best rural District General Hospital for patient and staff experience.”
Dr Shailesh Karanth, Gastroenterologist Consultant said: “This new unit is fantastic news for our patients and staff. It modernises our facilities and will enable all endoscopies (a procedure where organs inside your body are looked at using a long, usually flexible tube with a lens on one end and a video camera on the other) to take place in one unit.”
The state-of-the-art Endoscopy Unit is part of a £38m modernisation programme happening in 2021-22. Other projects include a new Outpatient Unit called The Emerson Unit which opened in January 2022, The West Norfolk Eye Centre which opened in May 2022, a brand new maternity unit which opened in June 2022 and a brand new dementia-friendly ward which opened in July 2022.