Groundbreaking Colon Capsule Service for Tayside

From today (30 November) clinicians in NHS Tayside will examine patients using a tiny camera inside a pill. Scotland’s Colon Capsule Endoscopy Service (SCOTCAP) clinics will help detect bowel cancer earlier and cut waiting times.

Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer globally and has a very high incidence in Scotland. Around 70,000 people undergo colonoscopy treatment in Scotland each year. The roll-out of the Scotland’s Colon Capsule Endoscopy Service (SCOTCAP) across Scotland has been accelerated in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It will help Health Boards tackle the backlog of patients, reduce waiting times and ensuring patients get either relief or a vital diagnosis. Scottish Government is backing the programme, which uses Colon Capsule Endoscopy (CCE) technology to deliver clinical benefits, streamline service delivery and positively transform patient experience.

NHS Tayside are hosting their Colon Capsule Endoscopy clinics at Perth Royal Infirmary and Royal Victoria Hospital,

Dr Craig Mowat, Consultant Gastroenterologist with NHS Tayside and Senior Lecturer in Gastroenterology with University of Dundee, highlighted the three key benefits of the new procedure.

He said: “The Colon Capsule is a pill-sized camera which has a bright light and two cameras which beam images to a recorder worn by the patient. It films the inside of the lower intestine to determine whether there are any abnormalities.”

“The Colon Capsule makes the procedure non-invasive, painless and the patient does not need to be sedated.”

The new approach was jointly developed between the public sector and Industry through an Innovation Partnership and approved following the largest evaluation in the UK to date. That involved nearly 450 patients across three Health Boards and has been championed by clinical lead Professor Angus Watson of NHS Highland.

“The evaluation was led by Scotland’s Digital Health & Care Institute, sponsored by the Scottish Government and delivered by NHS National Services Scotland (NSS). Industry partners from Medtronic, CorporateHealth International and the Health Boards also played a vital role.

In the coming months the new service will progressively be made available to patients in all Health Board areas in Scotland.”







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