Honour as endoscopy services are accredited
WEXFORD GENERAL HOSPITAL has become only the fourth hospital in Ireland to have its endoscopy services accredited.
The accreditation was awarded by a Joint Advisory Group (JAG) under the auspices of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons.
Wexford Hospital showed that it can deliver a service in line with recognised global rating standards.
St. James's and St. Vincent's Hospitals in Dublin and Sligo General Hospital have previously received accreditation.
Wexford's acute endoscopy service is provided on two sites - in Wexford General and in Ely Hospital.
A hospital endoscopy team comprising Patricia Hackett, Ken Mealy, Patricia Stack and Mohammed Selmia manages, monitors and reviews the serv ice.
Teresa Rossiter in Wexford General and Bernie Lawlor in Ely are the nurse managers responsible for the day to day running of the service.
Service manager Patricia Hackett said the team is delighted with the accreditation which was achieved in a short time frame.
The hospital hopes to start the National Colorectal Screening Service next January.
Consultant surgeon Ken Mealy explained that endoscopy is a visual examination of the interior structure of the body using a fibre-optic camera.
Hospital manager Lily Byrnes said the accreditation is another vote of confidence in Wexford General.
She congratulated everyone involved in providing the service.
Clinical director Colm Quigley said there is marvellous work being done in the hospital despite the difficult economic climate.