Sixteen local patients have been thanked for making an advanced clinical training session possible.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust delivered a three-day training session for senior gastroenterology trainees from around the country from Tuesday 17 to Thursday 19 May.
All the clinicians came to the University Hospital of North Tees to learn the endoscopic skills of treating common conditions in patients with liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas problems using a technique called endoscopic retrograde cholangio pancreatography (ERCP).
ERCP requires an endoscopic (camera test) device inserted via the mouth, to explore the upper gastrointestinal area of the body. The patient is heavily sedated but conscious throughout the procedure.
The course, one of only two Joint Advisory Group approved training ERCP courses in the country, was made possible by 16 patients who have volunteered to play a part in the training by allowing the gastroenterologists on the development programme to gain vital, hands-on experience.
The patients will have their confidentiality maintained.
The course delegates and faculties were welcomed by North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust chief executive Julie Gillon and medical director Deepak Dwarakanath.
Course director and trust gastroenterology consultant Dr. Vikramjit Mitra said: “I cannot thank these patients enough.
“We spent a long time selecting the right people to make sure they could take part without making their symptoms worse and we simply asked them if they would like to help us.
“I was over joyed to have 16 patients who were happy to be part of this training programme.
“Following this training, my gastroenterology colleagues from across the country will go back to their individual workplaces to gain further training and start using their ERCP skills help patients for many years to come. I am so grateful to our patients for making this happen.”
Joining the team of local gastroenterologists (Dr Dwarakanath, Dr Hancock, Dr Mitra and Dr Elzubier) to deliver the training are consultant gastroenterologists Dr Debasis Majumdar, from North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and Dr Nadeem Tehami, from University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.
Vikram commented: “It was great to have an experienced faculty from the multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, anaesthetists, radiologists, surgeons and endoscopy nurses who helped out with the course.
“The delegates gave excellent feedback in regards to what they have learnt throughout the course and were very thankful to the patients and the entire team.”