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Guernsey endoscopy waiting list patients 'at risk'

Some patients waiting for an endoscopy in Guernsey may be "at risk" because of a large backlog in procedures, the States medical director has warned.

The government has announced a tender process to bring in clinicians to help clear the list, which is three times longer than before the Covid pandemic.

More than 430 people were on the gastroenterology waiting list as of Tuesday, Dr Peter Rabey said.

"We're worried that there is risk to patients in waiting too long," he said.

"Although a lot of patients who get an endoscopy have completely normal results, and some have benign disease which can be treated with tablets and things, there will be some patients who might have cancer and we need to find out as best as possible".

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Source: BBC News, 20 December 2022


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