The Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust is pleased to announce the commencement of its new Endoscopic Ultrasound Service (EUS) this month.

This advanced service will utilise state-of-the-art technology to identify and treat gastrointestinal and pancreatic diseases, aiding in the diagnosis of cancers affecting the digestive organs.

The introduction of this local EUS service at Pinderfields Hospital marks a significant milestone in improving patient experiences and outcomes. Previously, patients from Kirklees and Wakefield were required to journey to centres in Leeds and Hull, resulting in substantial delays in their healthcare.

James Gauci, Consultant at Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust said; “With the new service being added to our Trust, we are providing accessible treatment for all. EUS is an advanced endoscopic procedure that plays a fundamental role in assessing and diagnosing disorders of the oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, biliary tree, lung, and rectum. By introducing this service, we are eliminating the need for patients to travel long distances for this critical diagnostic procedure. And in turn, helping to improve the patient’s experience when waiting for referred care.”

From early October, the Trust will begin accepting new referrals for the diagnostic EUS service, which can be made through consultants or members of the Trust’s Upper Gastrointestinal multidisciplinary team.

Len Richards, Chief Executive at Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust, commented; “As a Trust we are very excited about the possibilities that this EUS service brings to our healthcare landscape. Our new service will help us contribute to the objectives of the NHS Long Term Plan, ensuring reliable, safe, and timely diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy throughout the West Yorkshire region. The service can help to reduce waiting times for those referred for this procedure, and by being in the heart of Wakefield we hope it also eliminates stress, and anxiety for the patients who would have otherwise had to travel further for this 30-minute treatment.”

The new EUS service will be integrated into the Trust’s Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy (JAG) accredited Endoscopy service, recently designated as the West Yorkshire Regional Training Centre.

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