NHSGGC is exploring the possibility of using the Vale of Leven Hospital for the rollout of an alternative to conventional upper endoscopy procedures.
Transnasal Endoscopy (TNE) is a safe and inexpensive way to examine the esophagus in patients who are experiencing many different symptoms such as indigestion, heartburn or difficulty swallowing and in some cases the patient may be at risk of cancer.
Unlike standard upper endoscopies, TNE doesn't require intravenous sedation. This is possible because TNE uses a much smaller camera that is passed through the nose, whereas other techniques, such as upper endoscopy, are performed through the mouth, requiring a patient to be sedated. Using local anesthetic spray, patients manage the procedure well as the camera does not touch the back of the tongue so is easier to tolerate. It also means that patients can talk throughout the procedure to the staff and advise of any discomfort. With no sedation, patients recover more quickly from this procedure and are able to drive home afterwards.
NHSGGC’s Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Best said: “This is an exciting development for the endoscopy service which serves a large patient group across the Board. We have chosen the Vale, Stobhill and Gartnavel General to introduce the new service first, which is not only quicker, but a much less invasive procedure and less unpleasant for the patient.”
It is hoped the new service will begin in the New Year, once staff training has been completed and new equipment is in place.