A Decade of cutting-edge care: Endoscopy at UHK (2014-2024)

In 2014, University Hospital Kerry (UHK) marked a significant milestone with the opening of its state-of-the-art Endoscopy Unit, inaugurated by the then Minister for Health Mr. James O’Reilly.  This cutting-edge facility, formerly a hospital laundry, underwent a complete reconstruction to meet the highest healthcare standards.

We are very pleased to be now celebrating a decade of excellence in endoscopic care at UHK. Since its opening, the Endoscopy Department at UHK has consistently achieved top international accreditation, ensuring exceptional healthcare for all patients.  Led by a team of highly skilled and compassionate professionals, the department prioritises patient-centred care, emphasising dignity, respect, and compassion in every interaction.

With a commitment to continuous improvement, the department aims to enhance patient access and deliver top-quality care while fostering pride among staff.  Dr Israr Un Nabi, Consultant Gastroenterologist at UHK said “We aim to listen and respond to patient’s feedback ensuring continuous care improvements.  Indeed, the Endoscopy Department has consistently achieved above the national standard for positive patient experiences.

Offering a range of consultant-led services in gastroenterology, surgery, respiratory, and urology, the Endoscopy Unit provides specialised care to prevent, diagnose, and treat referred patients.  Referrals are accepted from general practitioners, with regular outpatient clinics led by consultants and nurses to facilitate timely care.

The department’s multidisciplinary approach extends to inpatient consultations, collaborating closely with other clinical teams and specialists, including general surgeons, dieticians, and colorectal nurses.  This collaborative effort ensures comprehensive clinical care for a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions.

Since 2014, the Endoscopy Department has been integral to the National Bowel Screening Service, conducting over 3,000 patient procedures to date.  This vital service offers patients invaluable access to bowel screening, with diagnostic and therapeutic care delivered by expert endoscopists in the accredited unit at UHK.  As UHK celebrates a decade of excellence in endoscopic care, it remains committed to advancing patient outcomes and delivering compassionate, state-of-the-art healthcare to the community.

 

Pictured: Front L-R :: Carol Manix Director of Nursing at UHK , Olivia O Rahilly Past worker UHK , Hilary Coffey BowelScreen and Mary Fitzgerald  Manager University Hospital Kerry . Back L-R ::  Trish O’Connor UHK , Dr Israr Un Nabi – Consultant Gastroenterologist , Dr. Naveed Sultan – Consultant Physician ,   Eddie Myers ANP Endoscopy UHK ,  Kevin Murray Consultant Surgeon UHK and Karena Gilligan ,ADON  UHK   – Photo By : Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD .

 

Plaque for Mr. Brian Waldron 

A plaque in memory of Mr. Brian Waldron RIP , Consultant General Surgeon at UHK, was also unveiled at the endoscopy services unit at UHK, honoring his invaluable contributions to healthcare. His legacy of excellence and compassion will forever inspire us. Our heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Waldron’s family and friends  for his dedication and service.”

Mr Brian Waldron , Consultant Surgeon joined the staff of UHK in 1999 . He is warmly remembered by the staff of UHK not only for his exceptional skills as a surgeon but his humility, kindness, compassion  and dedication to his patients .  Brian was a gentleman in every sense of the word .

Mary Fitzgerald  Manager University Hospital Kerry  said “He was an outstanding colleague who always had time for those that had the pleasure of working with him . It was well recognised  for his exceptional knowledge which he freely shared with colleagues.”

On the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the Endoscopy Unit , UHK , it is only fitting that Brian is remembered and recognised for the vast contribution he made to developing services in this unit and within  the surgical department in UHK .

“They are the best of us who improve the lives of others “

Pictured  Mary Fitzgerald  Manager University Hospital Kerry ,   Kevin Murray Consultant UHK and Eddie Myers endoscopy services UHK  . Photo By : Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD .