ENDOSCOPY teams at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) are celebrating after achieving sought-after national accreditation.

Endoscopy services at all three of the hospitals run by the trust - Basingstoke hospital, Andover War Memorial Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester - have received accreditation from the Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy, known as JAG.

The teams carrying out endoscopies had to show a team of assessors they were delivering the service against criteria that test quality, focusing on the patient experience.

Alex Whitfield, chief executive of HHFT, said: “I’m delighted that we have achieved JAG accreditation at all of our hospitals and would like to say a big thank you and well done to all of the staff who played a part in making this happen.

“Around 23,000 endoscopic procedures are carried out in our hospitals each year and achieving this accreditation shows that people across Hampshire are getting a very high-quality service from our dedicated teams.”

Endoscopy procedures allow clinicians to examine the inside of a patient’s body using a light source and a camera at the end of a long, thin, flexible tube, with the images relayed to a television screen.

They are used to investigate a number of gastrointestinal symptoms and can also be used to remove things like polyps, helping patients to avoid surgery.