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Bury St Edmunds: New bowel cancer screening equipment is being used at West Suffolk Hospital

11:31 09 May 2014

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A new £42,000 piece of equipment to screen patients with suspected bowel cancer is being used at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

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The ScopeGuide, which has been funded by the Friends of West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, benefits patients undergoing bowel cancer tests by providing more comfortable investigations with better quality results.

The piece of equipment, which is being used by the endoscopy department, consists of a plate which sits in front of the patient’s abdomen, detects the colonoscope and produces a 3D image as it is moved along the colon.

This helps staff carrying out the procedure to manage the colonoscope more effectively and prevent it from looping round in the lower intestine, which can cause discomfort for patients.

The ScopeGuide is also playing an important role in training doctors and nurses and its purchase will help ensure the hospital can meet demand after bowel cancer screening was rolled out to all patients aged 55 and above in 2013.

Simon Whalley, consultant gastroenterologist at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Friends of West Suffolk Hospital for so generously funding our new ScopeGuide.”

He added: “Colonoscopy is an important telescopic technique which helps us to identify and remove polyps which, if otherwise left untreated, could turn into bowel cancer. The purchase of this new equipment has therefore not only improved the care our patients receive, but has also potentially helped save lives.”

Grant Greetham, chairman of the Friends, said: “We are delighted that the Friends are able to improve the patients’ experience and help combat cancer in any way that we can.”

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