Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:02
In recent years a key area of concern for the BSG has been the lack of 24/7 provision of Acute Upper GI Bleeding (AUGIB) services. With a mortality rate of 10% and no notable improvement on this rate for years, the lack of out-of-hours coverage of services for AUGIB services is a challenge which must be urgently addressed.
Over the past year, the BSG has worked closely with NHSIQ to help identify areas which do not have AUGIB services available at all times, as well as how we can support gastroenterologists across the country to improve the availability of these services. Together we have produced a report which provides an overview of this project. Click here to read the report.
The survey, which is at the heart of this report, found that 23% of endoscopy units in England do not have AUGIB services that offer endoscopy patients 24/7 if required, and that 44% of units do not offer all acute admissions an endoscopy within 24 hours of admission with a GI bleed. You will note that the BSG, with support from NHS IQ, held workshops on this issue earlier this year.
The BSG will continue to campaign on this important issue and work with members and other bodies to promote improved provision of 24/7 AUGIB services.