29 September 2014

Gastrointestinal project wins award

A gastrointestinal (GI) unit has won an award for developing three closely linked services that reduce waiting times for patients and unnecessary admissions to hospital.

The Sheffield Teaching Hospitals team were presented with second prize at the SAGE (Shire Awards for Gastrointestinal Excellence) Awards for their work on Gastroenterology Without Walls.

The project has developed closely linked community, ambulatory and emergency GI services, which are designed to enable patients to see a GI specialist quickly and in a convenient setting.

It is the second time the team have won a SAGE Award since their inception in 2010 – the only unit in the country to have done so.

The award recognises the service provided at the GI Haemorrhage Unit and the Ambulatory Care service based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, and the outreach service based at the Sloan Medical Centre. The unit provides specialist care to people who are admitted directly with gastrointestinal bleeding. The ambulatory service allows patients to be seen immediately by a consultant, reducing the pressure on A&E and often avoiding admission, while the community clinic at the Sloan Medical Centre enables consultants to see patients outside of the hospital.

The services are designed to ensure the minimum number of steps between the patient and the GI specialist. It also aims to provide outpatient care closer to home, create an alternative model of urgent care, reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and pressure on A&E, reduce mortality rates for GI haemorrhage and provide out-of-hours endoscopy and specialist supervision for haemorrhage patients.

Consultant physician and gastroenterologist, Professor Alan Lobo who pioneered the services, received the award at the British Society of Gastroenterology conference in Manchester.

He said: “We are delighted to receive this award as it is recognition for the whole team. We have been able to design and deliver services which have made a difference and which have delivered improved outcomes for patients in Sheffield.”

This award follows the team’s success earlier in the year in reaching the final for Gastroenterology Team of the Year at the prestigious British Medical Journal awards in London.


Picture caption: Professor Alan Lobo and colleagues receive the SAGE Award

John Birch, Communications Officer
Tel: 0114 226 8989
Email: john.birch@sth.nhs.uk

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