Pill camera

NTH FT join others in offering pill-sized camera to detect bowel issues

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS FT (NTH) will start offering a pill-sized camera to detect bowel issues, which has been praised by patients.

It is already helping to diagnose health issues such as cancer. The camera takes thousands of pictures while traveling through the gut, which is able to examine parts of the bowel. The benefit of this is that it is able to reach areas that tests such as endoscopies or colonoscopies may not always reach.

The images are then sent to a data recorder wirelessly, which is worn on the patient’s waist. Consultant in gastroenterology, John Jacob, and Nurse Endoscopist, Dorisa Machan, are leading the procedure.

Speaking from a clinic at the University Hospital of North Tees, Dr Jacob said: “This is a fantastic development for the service.

“A procedure like an endoscopy or colonoscopy is a more invasive procedure using a tube, which can be uncomfortable for patients.

“Whereas this is a small pill easily swallowed which works its way through the gut and looks at the small bowel as well as the colon.

“We are excited to have this new capsule technology here at the organisation for this trial.

“The pandemic has given us a real impetus to work more virtually – and this will help us to do that more and more.”

It makes the trust one out of more than 40 chosen by NHS England to pilot the pill-sized camera across the UK. One of the first patients to have the procedure at the trust, Alan Frost, had an endoscopy test 20 years ago.

Following his visit to the unit, he was asked to swallow the pill, and was then fitted with a recording device on his shoulder and waist. He was then able to go home – returning to the unit later in the day to return the recorder.

Mr Frost said: “Any development which moves healthcare on has to be a good thing.

“I am amazed at this technology – it is absolutely fantastic.

“I have had an endoscopy many years ago for another issue so I am able to compare – and I can say that this is a much more comfortable and simple procedure.”

Dorisa Machan, said: “Patient feedback has already been excellent.

“In the short time we have been trialling this, we have made an impact. We have already helped diagnose a patient with bowel cancer, as a result of this capsule treatment.

“It’s a relatively simple procedure which only takes a few hours to complete once it has passed through the patient’s body.

“It’s easy and convenient for patients and helps give us the most accurate results we can.”

NHE Sept/Oct 21

NHE Sept/Oct 21

Improving care for long-term conditions

Join us in our September/October edition of National Health Executive, as we explore a range of topics impacting and improving the care that we can deliver to patients, the facilities within which we deliver them, and the opportunities in the digital space to accent and evolve our care capabilities

Videos...

View all videos
National Health Executive Presents

National Health Executive Presents

NHE365 Virtual Festival: Digital Healthcare

The integration of new technology, such as using virtual outpatient appointments instead of face-to-face reviews of patients in the hospital. Adapting the ways in which our NHS workers serve people has been critical in continuing to provide high-quality treatment, a positive patient experience and preventing Covid-19 transmission during the pandemic. Our healthcare sector has the potential to transform the way we continue to provide essential services while also improving patient care. But how easy is the integration of these innovations into routine NHS practice?

On the 28th of October, at the NHE365 Virtual Hospitals & Technology Enabled Care online event, we will be discussing patient flow and experience, reducing waiting times, reducing the patient backlog and increasing technology adoption. Will you be attending? 

Finger on the Pulse

Ep 14. Health messaging is a science, Professor Craig Jackson

On Episode 14 of NHE's Finger on the Pulse podcast, we're joined by Professor Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology
Birmingham City University to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the health messaging around it and how those in power have missed a trick by overlooking the key role of psychology in informing the public of restrictions, measures and the ever-changing situation

More articles...

View all