Mayor’s inspirational visit to bowel screening unit

Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees Ken Dixon visited the endoscopy unit at the University Hospital of North Tees to have a tour of the service and talk to staff.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust chairman Paul Garvin met the mayor and introduced him to staff.

IMG_1757He met professor Matt Rutter, consultant gastroenterologist, who gave a presentation about the trust’s bowel cancer screening programme.

This was followed by further briefings from staff about endoscopy services (diagnostic and screening), the screening clinic process, health promotion and the administration process.

Professor Rutter then spoke about research before consultant surgeon Anil Agarwal spoke to the mayor about surgical outcomes.

Chairman Paul Garvin said: “The Tees screening centre provides the NHS bowel cancer screening service for men and women across Teesside and parts of County Durham and North Yorkshire.

“We are very proud of the work our staff do caring for patients and it was fantastic to be able to show councillor Dixon around the unit and show him the work our staff are doing.”

The Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, councillor Ken Dixon, said: “It was really insightful to take a tour of the endoscopy unit at the University Hospital of North Tees which does such great work in screening for bowel cancer. I learnt a lot about the causes, prevention and treatment of bowel cancer – a subject that is close to my heart as Bowel Cancer UK are one of my charities.

“Paul Garvin, the trust chairman, and all of the staff there who spoke to me were really inspirational and I would like to thank them for the fantastic work that they do.

“With over 16,000 people estimated to lose their life every year in the UK to bowel cancer, this is a preventable and curable disease if it is caught early enough so I would strongly urge everyone to get themselves checked out if they suspect any signs or symptoms.”

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