New State-of-the-Art Endoscopy Unit Opened at Dorset County Hospital
3:10pm 7th March 2014
The Endoscopy Unit at Dorset County Hospital has been officially reopened and refurbished from top to bottom.
It's taken over five years to complete the ward, where small cameras are used to investigate a number of internal symptoms.
It's still located in it's original North Wing location within the hospital, but three new treatment rooms have been created as well as recovery rooms, a reception and waiting area, and administration and decontamination areas.
James Childs, Senior Nurse in the Unit, explains one change that was a necessity, "Before sometimes we had to mix the sexes, now everything's dedicated. So, there's separate male and female changing rooms and separate male and female toilets."
The official opening took place on Friday the 7th of March with an unveiling of a plaque donated by patient support group The Semi Colons. Dr Peter Down, who established the first department of this kind in Dorchester, participated in the opening giving a speech about the history of Endoscopy in Dorchester. He told Wessex FM that it hadn't had a smooth history, "When we moved here to the new Hospital in 1997 we realised that we had forgotten to plan for an Endoscopy Unit and so, at the last minute really, we had to commander the sewing unit."