Published February 17, 2017 at 10:12
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) has become the first NHS Trust in Lancashire to become a recognised ‘centre of excellence’ for urogynaecology.
Accreditation by the British Society of Urogynaecology means the East Lancashire service based at Burnley General Hospital meets the highest UK standards for urogynaecology.
“East Lancashire Hospitals are delighted to receive accreditation from The British Society for Urogynaecology who set probably the most stringent standards for urogynaecology in the world,” says ELHT Consultant Urogynaecologist and Associate Medical Director, Mr Simon Hill.
“Accreditation is proof that the team are working together to provide excellent treatment and continuously improve care for all our patients, many of whom have suffered from long-standing pelvic floor conditions.”
Urogynaecology is a specialist area that involves the diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence and female pelvic floor disorders.
East Lancashire Hospitals’ accreditation was achieved as a result of many years’ hard work by the team of specialists who include consultants, specialist urogynaecology and continence nurses, and physiotherapists.
Last summer, assessors from the British Society of Urogynaecology visited Burnley General Hospital to inspect the urogynaecology facilities, physiotherapy department, operating theatres, and other clinical areas. Each member of the urogynaecology team was interviewed and all patient facilities individually assessed.
“This achievement is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our team in providing the best possible care for our patients,” says Urogynaecology Specialist Nurse, Alison Hill.
“We look forward to welcoming patients from across Lancashire and surrounding areas to the region’s only accredited ‘centre of excellence’ for urogynaecology at Burnley General Hospital.”
As part of its commitment to high quality care for all its patients, the urogynaecology service follows the latest standards set by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence, the British Society of Urogynaecology, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.