National MP Nicky Wagner has welcomed today's announcement that Canterbury is one of four District Health Boards to trial a programme to lift performance in endoscopy units.
The trial announced by Health Minister Tony Ryall is set to make procedures such as colonoscopy a more comfortable experience.
Nicky Wagner is pleased Canterbury has been selected to participate in the trial. "The CDHB has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to upskilling and professionalism. It is a deserved opportunity for our District Health Board to be considered for this trial based on a UK Global Rating system."
GRS establishes protocols for endoscopy units to measure their performance, identify weak points and make improvements.
Ms Wagner supports the minister's comments that endoscopy procedures such as colonoscopy can be worrying for patients. "A number of people have reported that the procedure can be uncomfortable and embarrassing."
The MP agrees endoscopy services need to be operating efficiently and effectively in order to deliver the increasing number of colonoscopies needed by New Zealand's ageing population. "Statistics show nearly 38,000 New Zealanders received colonoscopies to investigate for bowel cancer and other serious bowel issues in 2009/10," says Wagner. "With these figures, I am pleased Canterbury District Health Board has the opportunity to trial a programme based on a successful UK protocol. Endoscopy units increased the number of patients being seen on time from 16 percent to 82 percent just three years after being introduced."
Canterbury joins Waitemata, Lakes, and Wairarapa in the year-long trial, beginning in August.
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