Liverpool hospital's new asset

A NEW endoscopy suite opened at Liverpool Hospital last Friday.

This is the first purpose-built facility opened in the South West Local Health District and is one of the largest in the state.

Endoscopy enables doctors to see the inside of the body without performing major surgery.

The new unit is equipped with endoscopic imaging, X-ray and ultrasound machines, and has five procedure rooms as well as recovery, change and consultation rooms.

It's estimated that up to 50 procedures will be performed every day in the suite.

They will include the removal of gallstones with no external cuts, the removal of large pre-cancerous tissue from the colon, and the placement of stents inside the digestive system for blockages usually related to the treatment of advanced cancer.

Patients are given a copy of their report and doctors can also access patient reports electronically, accessible on any hospital computer or from the specialists' computer.

Liverpool Hospital endoscopy director David Abi-Hanna said patients from all over NSW were being referred to the suite for procedures.

"Patients undergoing endoscopic procedures will start and finish their journey within the one place," Dr Abi-Hanna said. "The centre greatly increases efficiency of service for patients and sharing of reports for the treating and referring doctors."

Menai MP Melanie Gibbons was at the official opening.

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