Hospital to open new improved £3.3million endoscopy unit

Bedford Hospital south wing accident and emergency.

Bedford Hospital south wing accident and emergency.

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A new improved endoscopy unit costing £3.3million will be officially opened at Bedford Hospital on Friday.

North East Beds MP and health minister Alistair Burt will be doing the honours.

The unit has undergone extensive re-configuration to create a safe service in a calm and private environment for the thousands of people who use it every year.

Work started in 2014 and the unit has been praised by a Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy report which said that the unit had undergone a ‘significant transformation’ and offered a ‘excellent, modern and patient-centres experience.

The report resulted in the unit being awarded full JAG accreditation as it met all standards.

On Thursday, charity founder Clifton Ibbett OBE will open the hospital’s improved faith and belief room.

The communal area is for people of all faiths and beliefs to pray, reflect, light a candle for a loved one or just sit quietly.

Improvements were made after the room was relocated to make space for the hospital’s redeveloped endoscopy unit.

Chaplain Nicola McIntosh said:

“The main building work, which includes the installation of washing facilities, was completed during March.”

“The ‘wow’ factor part of the build, which included a stained-glass window, stained glass in the doors and a beautiful new candle holder was finished in September.”

Other finishing touches to the space included the installation of a loop system for people who are heard of hearing, blinds to go on the doors along the side corridor and some sound-absorbing panels to help quieten the space.

Hospital chief executive Stephen Conroy, said: “I am sure that staff, patients and visitors will very quickly embrace our new and improved facility. Well done to everyone involved in its design and development.”