Expertise in Propofol assisted Endoscopy showcased at live course
Yesterday (Monday 25 September 2017) saw Anaesthetists from across the country come together at Royal Stoke University Hospital for a live course aimed at highlighting the benefits of Propofol Assisted Endoscopy in a Day Case Unit.
The Endoscopy Department at Royal Stoke has a long tradition of hosting conferences for colleagues from across the UK and this course was another opportunity to showcase some of the pioneering work taking place at UHNM. The main focus of this particular course was to highlight how anaesthetists can provide deep sedation for patients, using propofol, to facilitate endoscopy without needing all the resources of an operating theatre and general anaesthetic.
Consultant Anaesthetist, Ian Smith, who has established the service and the director of this course said: “We’re running our first ever national Propofol assisted Endoscopy course today, and this is aimed at highlighting to Consultant Anaesthetists from around the country our expertise and experience in this area. In addition to highlighting how we implement this particular service, we’ve also focused on dispelling some myths that still exist whilst also offering specialist information, stats and data.
“This type of treatment is something which we are vastly experienced in, and we’ve just passed the landmark of treating 1,000 patients over the last 5 years. We’ve also had a paper, which demonstrates our experience with propofol assisted endoscopy, accepted for a national medical journal.”
Dr Srisha Hebbar, Consultant Gastroenterologist, also helped set up the course and commented on the benefits for UHNM. “It’s great to be able to welcome so many esteemed colleagues to Royal Stoke and showcase our work. In our recent experience, we have been coming across more patients who require more complex treatment and the Propofol assisted Endoscopy provides us with an effective and efficient solution to our patients.
“We’ve found that propofol sedation improves the patient experience and has allowed a number of complex procedures to go ahead that previously couldn’t have been completed. At UHNM we have the largest series by a single Consultant in the UK, whilst we know the vast majority of Trusts in the UK don’t have this service at all or provide it only on a very ad-hoc basis. So, in the long run we’re hoping that this service is rolled out more widely with the UHNM model used as a benchmark.”