ENDOSCOPY services at the trust which runs St Richard’s Hospital will be boosted by a £7m investment.
The department at Worthing Hospital, which deals with bowel cancer screening, will more than double in size after the board at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust approved a major redesign on July 31.
The redevelopment will include single-sex recovery areas, more treatment rooms and a new reception and waiting area.
Five new endoscopy rooms will replace the current three, and, to improve access for patients, additional sessions will be provided in the evening or at the weekend.
Demand for endoscopy services is increasing, driven by the needs of an ageing population, as well as the requirements of the National Bowel Screening Programme for the over-50s.
Medical director Dr George Findlay said: “Our major redesign and enlargement of the endoscopy department at Worthing Hospital is great news for patients, who will benefit from new single-sex recovery bays, as well as better reception and waiting areas.
“The capacity of the department will double, which means we will be able to offer more procedures to more patients, at a time when demand is set to increase dramatically.
“We will also offer patients procedures outside normal working hours, providing care in the evening or at the weekend at a time that suits some patients better.”
Over the next five years it is forecast demand for endoscopy procedures across the trust will rise to more than 28,000 from the 17,820 procedures carried out last year. The department should be completed by autumn 2015.