The Friendlies’ endoscopic fleet was upgraded this year with the $475,000 purchase of new videoscope equipment.
Endoscopy is a procedure where the doctor passes a thin camera into a patient’s body. This enables the doctor to look at a person’s organs to diagnose and treat some conditions.
The new ultra-high-definition camera control unit offers 4K high-quality image processing with improved visibility and operability.
It incorporates a user-friendly touch panel control system with various cameras and modules.
Nurse unit manager Maria Sam describes it as “the brains” of the high-tech system.
“It’s an enhanced method to assist surgeons with the early identification of potential irregularities in the bowel system,” she said.
“We’ve updated the existing equipment to a 4K enhanced system to improve our service to patients and the community.”
The endoscopy unit usually operates five days a week and in 2021-22 there were 2094 procedures.
Photo: Nurse unit manager Maria Sam and Roslyn Markwick have welcomed an upgrade to The Friendlies’ endoscopy fleet.