Bowel cancer is one of the country’s biggest cancer killers but the Endoscopy team at East Surrey Hospital is hoping to demystify the diagnosis of the illness with an open day in their state of the art unit.
The staff, who also provide a range of gastro-intestinal and therapeutic services, will throw open the doors on May 9th between 10.30am and 1pm.
An endoscopy is a procedure where the inside of your body is examined using a small camera. They are often performed when people have on-going digestive, swallowing or bowel problems. Procedures include colonoscopy, gastroscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy.
Doctors and nurse specialists will be on hand to answer questions, show people the equipment they use and let them try their hand on a simulator. There will be videos for people to watch and a wide range of information available, including details on bowel cancer screening and inflammatory bowel disease.
Consultant Gastroenterologist Gary Mackenzie said: “We know people can often be very anxious before their procedures. They worry they might choke, not be able to breath properly, or they are just embarrassed.”
He added: “Privacy and dignity are really important to all of us. If someone has a problem the quicker they find out about it the easier the treatments are and the more likely it is to be successful.”
The team also runs clinics at Crawley Hospital each week.