The Ministry of Health via the Victoria Hospital has stepped up awareness of importance of Endoscopy and Colonoscopy to the general public as well as physicians who practice locally.
Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine a person’s digestive tract using and endoscope while Colonoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine via the use of a thin flexible tube called a colonoscope.
Consultant Surgeon at the Victoria Hospital, Dr. Arlette Charles said Endoscopy/Colonoscopy training will be conducted for physicians from October 12th – 16th, 2015. “The reason we are doing those is because people could have cancers, ulcers that can show up under these investigations.”
Dr. Charles added that this training is in conjunction with a medical team from England constituting 3 doctors and 2 nurses who will facilitate training with both local doctors and nurses. Though Endoscopy and Colonoscopy is available locally the aim of the training is to increase the number the number of doctors who can conduct these investigations.
“That will allow us to do more people and hopefully we can catch cancers earlier. We can catch people who have ulcers and diagnose and treat these ulcers earlier. The way we want the public to help us is to go to their doctors and then their doctor can send them onto Victoria or St. Jude Hospital.” Dr. Charles stated.
She noted that during the week of training scopes will be conducted at Victoria Hospital from Monday to Friday and St. Jude Hospital on the Thursday and Friday.
The Consultant Surgeon added “We’re looking to target people who are 40 and over because those are the patients who are more likely to have things that are seriously wrong with them. We are looking for people who have for example pain in their stomach, burning in their stomach, people who have the symptom like food is going up that they are not able to swallow their food, when they eat their stomach feels full very quickly and that’s from the stomach point of view.
For people who have bowel problems, we are looking for people with bleeding when they go to the toilet, people who have diarrhea which is new and which they cannot explain.”
The normal cost of an Endoscopy is $585 while a Colonoscopy costs $885 at the Victoria Hospital. The management of the hospital recognizing the importance of these investigations have waved all but the administration fee of $85 for these procedures.