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Cirencester and Stroud endoscopy units are celebrating after their fifth year of prestigious national accreditation.

Both have received the seal of approval from the Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (JAG) following a comprehensive written audit, followed by an inspection and interviews with colleagues and service users.

Hospitals are required to provide evidence of their working practices on a yearly basis, but inspections only happen every five years.

Everything from appraisals and booking processes to PPE and training was assessed through written submissions following by visits to Stroud on Tuesday 11 May and Cirencester on Tuesday 18 May.

Endoscopy is provided at both sites through partnership work between Gloucestershire Health and Care and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trusts.

Janet Gale, Endoscopy and Outpatients Manager at Cirencester and Fairford Hospitals, said; “Obviously we’re all delighted!

“You might think you are doing everything correctly, but it’s great to find out from an external regulator. It’s really nice to have that external view of your work, and they were really impressed with our decontamination processes, our use of PPE and our offer of trans-nasal endoscopy for patients.”

Jackie Smith, Endoscopy Sister at Stroud Hospital, added: “They were very impressed – in fact the lead inspector said she’d like to work here!

“The feedback was really useful and gives us a lot of confidence in our procedures and working practices. We were really happy with the result.”

JAG was established in 1994 to set standards for endoscopists and provide quality assurance for hospital units. It uses a series of ratings to assess how well a hospital is providing a high quality, patient-centred service.

The two hospitals were first assessed for accreditation on May 10 and 11, 2016 and have maintained their status since then.