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Image: Artist's impression of the Endoscopy Unit

In September 2022, it was announced that endoscopy services at Torbay Hospital are set to benefit from a £4.99million capital investment which will increase capacity and help reduce local waiting lists.

We currently have three endoscopy rooms at Torbay Hospital. The funding will enable us to create a fourth room and training facility, meaning we can see more people and improve their experience and outcomes.

Endoscopy services are used to examine inside a patient’s digestive tract for conditions including cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.

Our endoscopy service currently carries out around 200 procedures each week and demand continues to grow. Early detection is really important to give people the best possible outcomes. Currently, we are focusing all our efforts on clearing a very large waiting list that has built up over the last two years.

Chief Executive, Liz Davenport, said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding to improve and expand our endoscopy service. This will enable us to maintain the sustainability of our endoscopy service while we progress our plans for the service as part of our Building a Brighter Future programme.”

Building is scheduled to begin on site in early 2023 and is expected to take nine months.

A mobile endoscopy unit is currently in place to provide additional capacity and also to support the safe and effective delivery of services during construction.