Endoscopy suite delivers better outcomes for patients

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Hollywood Private Hospital is expecting to provide West Australian patients with increasing levels of early diagnosis and detection of conditions such as cancer, following a record-breaking year for its endoscopy suite.

Clinical Nurse Manager Clare Doney said almost 10,000 patients had been helped at the clinic – the centrepiece of the $48 million Hollywood Consulting Centre – in the 12 months from October 2020. 

The endoscopy team ended up performing about 12,000 procedures in 2021 on more than 8,300 patients despite restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Perth hospital's CEO Peter Mott said the suite was “incredibly important” for providing the optimal care for patients, and demand for its services were expected to increase as more procedures were able to be performed endoscopically. 

“People diagnosed earlier with cancer are not only more likely to survive, but they also have lower treatment morbidity and improved quality of life compared to those diagnosed later,” Mr Mott said. 

Conditions treated at the endoscopy suite include inflammatory bowel disease, stomach ulcers, infections, polyps, tumours/cancers and pancreatitis.

Specialists insert an endoscope – a long, thin flexible tube with a light and camera at one end – into a patient's body to investigate conditions or help with surgery.

Director of Medical Services Dr John Maxwell said Hollywood Private had introduced several new procedures since the centre's launch to help provide the best possible health outcomes for patients.

“The facility provides patients with a comprehensive range of diagnostic and therapeutic services in state-of-the-art surrounds,” Dr Maxwell said. 

“The early detection and diagnosis of conditions such as cancer is resulting in better treatment options and increased survival rates.”

Procedures introduced at the endoscopy suite, which is attended by over 30 specialists including gastroenterologists, general surgeons and respiratory physicians, include: 

  • Halo procedures or radiofrequency ablations (RFAS) – to help treat Barrett’s oesophagus, which can progress to a precancerous condition.
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatograms (ERCP) – to diagnose and help treat problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and pancreas. 
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) – used to diagnose lung cancer, infections and other diseases causing enlarged lymph nodes in the chest. 

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