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Changes to the RNHRD Endoscopy Service

On 1st February 2015, the RNHRD transferred its Endoscopy Service to the RUH Endoscopy service at Combe Park and the two services have been integrated.

 Why is the service transferring?
As a result of significant and longstanding financial challenges the RNHRD could not continue in its current form and needed to become part of a larger organisation. The RNHRD Foundation Trust Board was aquired by the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH)  on 1st February,  this provided the best opportunity to ensure the future provision and continuity of the RNHRD’s high quality patient services.

The RNHRD put forward a proposal to transfer its Endoscopy service to the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH)  with a view to integrating the two services at the point of acquisition.

The RNHRD endoscopy service is small, comprising one consultant and three nursing staff operating from a day case suite at the RNHRD.  It cannot offer a service 52 weeks of the year and is vulnerable to the impact of employee sickness absence and annual leave.

Integrating the services offers greater choice of appointment times, faster onward referral to other services if required and a larger team of consultants and nurses who can provide a service all year round.

The RUH service has good access times, a strong safety record and meets national best practice standards in service delivery, including holding Joint Advisory Group (JAG) on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy accreditation.

How was the decision made?
The proposed transfer was followed by a period of discussion and careful review and consideration of feedback from patients, GPs and other stakeholders.

The Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group approved the RNHRD’s proposal to transfer its Endoscopy service to the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH) with a view to integrating the two services from 1st February 2015.  The Bath and North East Somerset Council Wellbeing Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel were satisfied that the proposed transfer could go ahead.

There are no concerns about the quality of care provide by the RNHRD endoscopy service, the unit continues to report high levels of patient satisfaction, short waiting times and a good patient safety record.

The  transfer of the RNHRD service to the RUH NHS FT ensures continuity of service  and all patients will benefit from the added assurance of externally accredited standards of care.

What happens next?
If you are a RNHRD Endoscopy patient, the RUH will send you your next appointment letter at an appropriate time. Please attend your appointment at the time and place specified in your appointment letter.

We are working closely with the RUH to ensure that the transfer of the RNHRD Endoscopy Service will have a minimal impact for all patients.

Who do I contact if I have a question about my next appointment?
If you have any questions about your next appointment please can you contact the RUH Endoscopy booking team on 01225 824069 or the RUH PALS office on 01225 825656. You can find out more about the RUH Endoscopy sevice here.

For other enquiries please contact the RNHRD PALS team