The Gastroenterology Department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) has moved some of its services to the Quadram Institute (pictured), a multi-million pound facility on Norwich Research Park, which will now be home to a range of endoscopy and bowel cancer screening services.
In its new location the Department will be able to conduct at least 40,000 procedures annually, making it one of Europe’s largest endoscopy centres. Dr Simon Rushbrook, clinical lead for Gastroenterology at NNUH said: “We are excited to be starting our endoscopic service in this state-of-theart building. The Quadram Institute is a unique institution, bringing together a busy NHS department with scientists and researchers in a ground-breaking collaboration. It will result in quicker access to endoscopic diagnostics for patients, and rapid access for the diagnosis or exclusion of gastrointestinal cancer.”
The Quadram Institute’s ‘mission’ is ‘to develop solutions to worldwide challenges in human health, food and disease’. It has been created by the NNUH, the University of East Anglia, Quadram Institute Bioscience, and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) – ‘to work across four research themes’: the gut, healthy ageing, food innovation, and food safety.
The 10-room endoscopy centre will be run under a ‘vendor-neutral’ managed service agreement between NNUH and Genmed, working in partnership with Olympus, which will provide ‘the latest medical devices’, together with a sevenyear maintenance contract.