Dorset County Hospital, an NHS district general hospital in Dorchester, Dorset, UK, has announced that it will unveil its new state-of-the-art endoscopy unit on 7 March 2014.

The unit is still in its original location in the Dorchester hospital’s north wing but has benefited from extensive building and refurbishment work to improve the facilities and services for patients.

The unit comprises three new treatment rooms as well as recovery rooms, a reception and waiting area, and administration and decontamination areas.

Endoscopy Senior Charge Nurse James Childs said that as part of hospital’s ongoing drive to improve the patient experience, the endoscopy unit was redesigned and refurbished to ensure it is fit for the new challenges ahead.

"The new endoscopy suite is designed to meet standards for the environment, decontamination, clinical quality and quality of the patient experience set by the Joint Advisory Group (JAG) which certifies all endoscopy centres," Childs added.

"We are thrilled with the feedback from patients who have commented on how bright and welcoming the unit is."

"The new unit offers greater privacy with same sex facilities in all areas where this is necessary. We are thrilled with the feedback from patients who have commented on how bright and welcoming the unit is."

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The new waiting area in the state-of-the-art unit features a glass screen designed by local artist Sasha Ward, inspired by the chalk landscape of the south-west.

The new unit will be officially opened by Dr Peter Down, who established the first endoscopy department at the old Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester in 1989.

A plaque commemorating the opening of the unit has been donated by patient support group The Semi Colons.

Dorset County Hospital is operated by Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which serves a population of over 210,000 providing a comprehensive range of general and acute services from a modern 400-bed hospital and county-wide renal services.