Equipment investment reduces risk of COVID infection

23 February 2021

An investment of £102,000 in equipment at Practice Plus Group’s hospitals in Shepton Mallet, Southampton, Emersons Green (Bristol) and Devizes will help to protect ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctors and patients from the risk of COVID infection.ENT telepack in use

The new equipment, called a ‘telepack’, combines a flexible endoscope with an integral light and camera connected to an HD monitor. The endoscope can be deployed through a patient’s nose or mouth by a clinician in full personal protection equipment. Once deployed the clinician can withdraw to a safe distance away from potential coughs or sneezes from the patient. The camera and high-definition screen give clinicians a clearer view while wearing protective goggles than they would normally have if they were looking through a regular endoscope with goggles.

As a consequence the equipment is a vital aid to the early and accurate diagnosis of ENT conditions.

As well as protecting both patients and clinicians, the system gives the option of a flexible endoscope delivery via the nose. This makes the procedure more comfortable as it is less likely to stimulate the gag reflex than an endoscope passed through the mouth.

Andy Lunt, Managing Director, Practice Plus Group commented: “We are always keen to invest in technology which has a clear benefit to patients, and this is a good example. It protects both the patient and the clinician while at the same time helping us to better diagnose.”