£70 million to ensure faster diagnosis.
A plan has been published to support faster diagnosis of cancers and other illnesses of the digestive system, bladder and prostate.
The Endoscopy and Urology Diagnostic Recovery and Renewal Plan, backed by £70 million Scottish Government investment, will focus on recovering services, supporting faster diagnosis of cancers and improving outcomes for patients.
For Endoscopy this includes:
- using innovative new technologies as an alternative to traditional endoscopy
- providing 20,000 more procedures to support diagnosis of cancer and other digestive system conditions by March 2023, and by 25,000 each year thereafter until 2025.
- reducing unnecessary procedures for 7,000 new patients by 2025 by introducing a consistent approach to diagnostic testing across Scotland
- introducing a National Endoscopy Training Programme to increase skilled practitioners.
For Urology this includes:
- creating Diagnostic Urology Hubs to reduce waiting times for cancer, and routine diagnosis
- supporting Scotland’s newest Diagnostic Urology Hub in NHS Highland, as well as one-stop clinics around the country.
- developing an educational programme for Urology Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs)
- providing 20 additional ANPs by 2025 to deliver 30,000 more procedures of the bladder.
JUNE Medical will be looking to support with British manufactured medical devices such as the GOKit GYN kit , eVeck colposcopy and the Galaxy II retractor, as well as with reusable instruments to treat SUI with autologous fascia slings.