Kingston Hospital Charity funds specialist scopes to provide life-saving care in Endoscopy Unit

10 August 2023

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, with the support of Kingston Hospital Charity, has purchased two specialist scopes for its Endoscopy Unit.

The scopes enable specialist clinicians to carry out Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) – a highly complex procedure which is used to treat patients with jaundice – either due to pancreatic cancer or a stone obstructing the bile duct. The scope enables the endoscopist either to insert a stent in the bile duct, or to widen the bile duct to release the impacted stone. This can be a life-saving procedure for patients with impacted gallstones who can become very unwell, very fast. 

Dr Ralph Greaves, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Endoscopy Lead at Kingston Hospital’s Endoscopy Unit, said: “Everyone is very excited, and work is going extremely well here. We’ve already carried out five ERCP procedures since early July. Being able to deliver this service is a huge benefit to the local population and I would like to express my thanks to Kingston Hospital Charity for providing the vital funding to develop this specialist service.”

Previously, inpatients requiring an ERCP procedure would need to be transferred to St George’s Hospital. Now with the new equipment in place, inpatients at Kingston Hospital can be treated on-site, without delay, ensuring a more comfortable patient experience and shorter length of stay in hospital. The specialist equipment also offers Kingston Hospital staff the opportunity to be trained in this highly complex procedure.   

This equipment is a vital addition to the Endoscopy Unit at Kingston Hospital which was opened in September 2020.  

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