Pilgrim Hospital’s endoscopy unit has been awarded a national accreditation for the high standards of care it provides.
It is among four other units in the county to receive the JAG accreditation – a national award set up to ensure high standards of care in clinical quality, patient experience, training and workforce.
In order to meet the standards required, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Pilgrim, reduced waiting times and invested in training three new nurse endoscopists who work across all sites.
The four units care for patients undergoing endoscopy procedures, which are used to assess areas inside the body by inserting a flexible tube to provide images of the area in question and be used to take samples.
Clinical services manager for Endoscopy and the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, Nikki Woodcock said: “All the units have worked extremely hard to make the required improvements to the services we deliver to the patients.
“There were improvements made to our patient leaflets, we invested in more training for our staff and the units have more facilities to keep our patients as comfortable as possible before and after any procedures.”