As part of ongoing investment at Whitfield Clinic, a second endoscopy suite has been added and the unit has just received new Olympus endoscopy equipment including electronic reporting/archiving system to cap total investment of €600,000 in the last 18 months.
Mr. Asam Ishtiaq and Mr. Terence Christle commenced the service in November 2006 and were soon joined by Dr. Sean Nugent who returned to his native Waterford from a senior role in NHS Colchester, England. Dr. Nugent is the clinical lead of the unit and has introduced new technologies like capsule endoscopy (first in the private sector), GI manometric and PH studies, Bacterial Breath testing and Argon plasma laser.
The team received a further boost when Dr. Kevin Ward moved his long established clinical practice to Whitfield Clinic in 2014 and brought with him many decades of experience. The services of the endoscopy unit are also used by visiting surgeons, Prof. Simon Cross, Mr. Criostoir O’Suilleabhain and Mr. Gerry O’Donoghue.
The Endoscopy team carries out 3,000 upper and lower GI endoscopies annually. The unit is fully equipped to provide all aspects of modern diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy services including Carbon Dioxide insufflation during colonoscopy, and ready availability of provision of IV sedation by Consultant Anaesthetic team for maximum patient comfort and safety.
The unit is accredited by CHKS and is a participant in National Quality & Assessment programme.