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Launch of Direct Access Endoscopy Service at Bon Secours Hospital Dublin

Posted on: 30 Aug 2017

Launch of Direct Access Endoscopy Service at Bon Secours Hospital Dublin

Minister for Health Simon Harris T.D. welcomed the new developments at Bon Secours Hospital Dublin. “I am delighted to be here today at the launch of the new Direct Access Endoscopy Service. The launch of this service demonstrates Bon Secours Health Systems’ commitment to continuously raising levels of access and quality and safety to patients requiring endoscopy procedures. This is a very important area of work where I am expecting significant progress in the future as the implementation of the Endoscopy Programme will increase capacity and bring benefit to the Irish health service nationwide."

29 August 2017 Minister for Health Simon Harris T.D. today visited the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin to officially observe a pioneering PillCam™ Capsule Endoscopy. The PillCam™Pilot Programme involves 50 patients. It is a safe, minimally invasive and clinically proven system for the detection of small bowel and colon diseases. PillCAM™ is a patient friendly diagnostic tool that offers direct visualization of the gastro intestinal tract with the added benefits of no sedation, no intubation, no insufflation and no radiation. The Pilot Programme aims to revolutionise endoscopy procedures for patients.

Bill Maher, Group CEO of the Bon Secours Health System said: “I am delighted that Minister Harris observed the pioneering PillCAM™ project here today at Bon Secours Hospital Dublin. The launch of the Direct Access Endoscopy Service together with the simultaneous commencement of the innovative small bowel capsule endoscopy pilot programme for PillCAM™ demonstrate the Bon Secours Health Systems’ commitment to continuously raising levels of access, quality and safety to patients requiring endoscopy procedures. This is a key project for Bon Secours Health System to deliver Advanced Medicine & Exceptional Care to our patients. We are delighted to be working with Medtronic in piloting their innovative new product PillCAM™ to the benefit of patients and it delivers on our mission of providing world-class medical treatment to our patients nationally.”

In September 2016, Minister Harris opened the newly expanded JAG accredited Endoscopy Unit at the hospital. Last year, the Endoscopy Department completed almost 13,000 endoscopes (GI, Respiratory and Urology) carried out by a highly skilled medical team. 38,000 procedures are carried out across the Bon Secours Group annually.

Minister Harris was also on site today to mark the launch of a Direct Access Endoscopy Service at the hospital.  It is a process where a GP can directly refer a suitable patient to the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin for a scope. This system thereby bypasses traditional referrals which involve an initial outpatient consultation in advance. The GP can refer directly into the Endoscopy Department without necessarily having to see the consultant beforehand. Patients can have a procedure completed within 72 hours of referral by the GP. This means the patient can get immediate reassurance and referral for further treatment by an expert medical team if required avoiding delays in treatment.”

Minister for Health Simon Harris T.D. welcomed the new developments at Bon Secours Hospital Dublin. “I am delighted to be here today at the launch of the new Direct Access Endoscopy Service. The launch of this service demonstrates Bon Secours Health Systems’ commitment to continuously raising levels of access and quality and safety to patients requiring endoscopy procedures. This is a very important area of work where I am expecting significant progress in the future as the implementation of the Endoscopy Programme will increase capacity and bring benefit to the Irish health service nationwide."

On behalf of Bon Secours Dublin, Hospital Manager, Mike Tonery said: “We welcome the Health Minister Mr Harris today.  The Bon Secours Hospital, Dublin, is delighted to announce the launch of our improved Direct Access Endoscopy Service and at the same time launch our small bowel capsule endoscopy pilot programme for PillCAM™. It is an exciting time for our hospital and most especially our Endoscopy Unit, which was the first private hospital unit to achieve JAG accreditation in Ireland.  The combination of JAG accreditation, the Small Bowel Pilot Project and our improved Direct Access Endoscopy Service together demonstrate our commitment to continuously raising levels of quality and safety and further endorses our reputation among patients and GPs.”

Bronwyn Brophy Vice President Early Technologies EMEA at Medtronic said: "Medtronic are delighted to partner with the Bon Secours Health System for this small bowel capsule endoscopy pilot project. The PillCAM™ capsule endoscopy range of products has the potential to revolutionise the patient care pathway for endoscopy patients in Ireland. The technology could also play a significant role in improving Irish healthcare and in reducing waiting lists."

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