Endoscopy patients at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals will have a shorter waiting time for procedures thanks to an innovative partnership which will see a modular unit based on Blackpool’s Stanley Park.
The partnership, between the hospital Trust and Remedy Healthcare Solutions commenced at the start of August, when Remedy staff began working alongside existing Blackpool Teaching Hospital teams in the Gastroenterology Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
The project will transition to the purpose-built temporary unit on Stanley Park in October, with the service expected to run until November 2023, during which time some 6800 additional procedures will have taken place.
The initiative is part of the NHS’ recovery programme, which aims to reduce waiting lists which have increased during the pandemic, the partnership will also enable faster diagnosis and allow patients to be put on the right treatment paths more quickly.
Speaking about the partnership with Remedy Gareth Hobson, Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals said: “I’m delighted that this partnership will allow us to more quickly treat our patients who have been waiting for endoscopy procedures.’’
“Our Trust colleagues are already working together with Remedy as ‘one team’ within the hospital, increasing our capacity, and relieving some of the pressure on our service. We look forward to seeing the new unit take shape on Stanley Park and are excited about what this collaboration will achieve over the next 18 months.”
Matt Marshall, CEO at Remedy Healthcare Solutions said: “We’re so excited to be working in collaboration with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals on the development of a modular endoscopy unit at Stanley Park. NHS trusts everywhere are struggling with long waiting lists and a lack of resources. But we know that by working together as a single team, we can make a huge difference to patients in the Blackpool area, targeting and cutting diagnostic waiting times. Plus, that ‘one team’ approach means a seamless, high-quality experience and outcome for patients.
“We’ve been working alongside each other since August, and the engagement, support and enthusiasm to make this programme a success is outstanding. We’re excited to see the benefits of this collaboration for the people of Blackpool over the next two years.”