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Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Gastroenterology Unit is named a WEO Centre of Excellence

Updated on: 07 Oct 2020   First published on 07 Oct 2020

The Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Gastroenterology Unit has been awarded World Endoscopy Organisation Centre of Excellence status for its outstanding contributions to patient care and education in endoscopy. This prestigious International Endoscopy Award encompasses an assessment of all aspects of endoscopy including clinical service, training, teaching and research.

There are just 20 centres globally who have met the criteria and Sheffield are only the second in the UK. Uniquely, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Gastroenterology Unit is also the only GI Unit to have won the National BSG Hopkins Endoscopy prize three times (Prof Sidhu 2012, Prof McAlindon 2017 and Prof Sanders 2019).

Sheffield is the UK’s largest UK Unit with 30 Consultants (6 Professors) and 9 endoscopy rooms. Serving a population of more than 1.5 million people, each year the Unit undertakes more than 10,000 gastroscopies, 7,500 colonoscopies, 6500 flexible sigmoidoscopies, 1200 ERCPs, 560 EUS, 800 capsule endoscopies, 100 double balloon enteroscopies (DBE) & 100 gastrostomies.

Since 2005 the unit has published more than 300 PubMed endoscopy based papers, and are one of the ten original BSG/Joint Advisory Group(JAG) Training Centres, and provide a number of well-regarded training programmes in gastroscopy and colonoscopy courses, as well as a range of other courses, including Training the Colonoscopy Trainer and Training the Gastroscopy Trainer, which are essential to spread the practice of effective endoscopy training.

The BSG would like to congratulate Professor David Sanders and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Endoscopy units for being recognised as a centre of excellence by the WEO.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Unit also offers advanced fellowship opportunities and welcomes enquiries.

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