Parkside Hospital achieves prestigious JAG accreditation

Happy members of Parkside’s endoscopy team. L-R: Ada Gojnea, Mandy Daniels, Nicky Gilmore, Dr Chris Groves, Sue OBeirne and Cecile Gaspe

The endoscopy team at Parkside Hospital has been awarded the prestigious Joint Advisory Group (JAG) accreditation for their endoscopy service.

JAG is a national body that reviews the performance of endoscopy units across the country and helps to set and maintain standards across departments nationally.

To receive accreditation, a service must provide clear evidence it has met all of the JAG standards, which are organised into four domains: clinical quality, patient experience, workforce and training. The accreditation is only awarded to the top performing endoscopy units, and is a reflection of a high-quality environment for patients and performance in endoscopy.

Parkside’s Endoscopy Unit is staffed by highly-skilled endoscopy specialists and is supported by an experienced clinical and managerial team. The hospital’s Day Unit was fully refurbished in January 2020 and opened by Baroness Karren Brady. The state-of-the-art Day Unit includes 12 private pods for patients undergoing planned day case surgical procedures, as well as a new contemporary reception and waiting area for family and loved ones. The entire unit has been redecorated and is bright, spacious and welcoming, making patients feel more relaxed and comfortable ahead of their procedure.

Phil Bates, Parkside Hospital Director, said: ”I am delighted that our Endoscopy Team have been given the recognition they deserve and would like to thank them for their outstanding work. The accreditation is a testament to the care they provide to patients, and reinforces our commitment at Parkside to providing exceptional healthcare to all our patients.”

Sohana Jisook, Theatre Manager, said: “Having JAG accreditation is the gold standard of endoscopy regulation and safety, and we’re delighted to have achieved this significant award. Our patients can be assured that the highest standards of quality and safety are met, and that our unit can consistently offer a first-class service.”

Parkside’s JAG accreditation comes a year after the hospital achieved a rating of ‘Good’ from the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator that inspects all healthcare providers.

Procedures available at Parkside’s Endoscopy Unit include:

  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Cystoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Gastroscopy
  • Haemorrhoidectomy
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Local oral treatments
  • Oesophageal stent/dilatation
  • Polypectomy
  • Tonsillectomy
  • TURP (prostate)
  • Vasectomy reversal

All procedures at the endoscopy unit are available for self-pay and private patients, as well as NHS patients. To find out more, including pricing for self-pay procedures, please call 020 8971 8000. Find out how to access these services through your private medical insurance here.

Parkside Hospital has been supporting the NHS and local communities since March 2020. During this time, the hospital has been delivering time-critical and urgent operations for NHS patients, a variety of outpatients clinics, providing life-saving ventilators and anaesthetic equipment, and carrying out vital diagnostics tests.

Date: 09/02/2021