Regional Endoscopy Unit Officially Opened

A new regional Endoscopy Unit, serving NHS Lothian, NHS Fife and NHS Forth Valley patients, has been officially opened by Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing.

Based at Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline the unit will provide diagnostic and surveillance tests for up to 7,000 patients each year.

The £1.8 million purpose-built unit comprises two procedure rooms and eight assessment rooms, alongside excellent admission and recovery facilities. Pre and post procedure care is separated, and there is increased privacy for patients.

The facilities also include a new, modern endoscopy reprocessing unit, used to clean endoscopy equipment.

The unit opened to NHS Fife patients in May and NHS Lothian patients have had access the unit since the middle of July. NHS Forth Valley patients expected to use the unit in the coming months. 

Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This wonderful new facility will see patients from Fife, Lothian and Forth Valley get quicker access to endoscopy and recovery services in a modern and purpose built environment.
"Getting high quality health services as close to home as possible is what the people of Scotland want, and something that this Government is determined to give them.
“I am delighted this development is now open to the people across all of South East Scotland and I would thank everyone involved in making this happen.”
Dr. David Farquharson, Medical Director at NHS Lothian said: “A number of our patients have already been able to take advantage of the new service and we’re confident it will prove to be a vital resource in helping us to continue to provide swift and effective care.
“The regional unit will see up to 50 NHS Lothian patients a week who will benefit from its state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.”
Dr Brian Montgomery, NHS Fife Medical Director, said: “This new unit, which replaces existing facilities on-site, provides a significantly improved environment in which to deliver high quality care.
“Equipped with the latest endoscopy and monitoring facilities, the unit will not only benefit patients from across Fife, but those from the South East Scotland region.
“A great deal of work is already underway to develop diagnostic and treatment facilities at Queen Margaret Hospital; this unit represents an important milestone in that development.”
David McPherson, NHS Forth Valley’s General Manager for Surgical Services, said: “Patients in Forth Valley already have the option of having their endoscopy performed in Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert or at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank.  The opening of this new regional unit will further increase capacity and give local patients the additional option of having the procedure carried out in Fife.”