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SVUH Achieves Gold Standard for Endoscopy Services with JAG Re-accreditation

27th August 2018

On the 25th April 2018, St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) Endoscopy Unit, were successful in achieving their JAG (Joint Advisory Group) Accreditation Assessment. JAG accreditation is a formal recognition that our Endoscopy Service had demonstrated that it was competent to deliver against the criteria set out in the JAG standards.

The JAG Accreditation Scheme was established in the UK in 2005 to focus on standards around Endoscopy and identify areas for improvement.  To achieve JAG Accreditation, an Endoscopy Service must provide clear evidence that they have met all of the JAG standards.

JAG accreditation aims to; increase patient confidence in services, provides a knowledge base of best practices, ensures continuous improvement in processes and patient outcomes and improves the management and efficiency of services.

Expectations of endoscopy have increased greatly since the standards were first introduced. Operational pressures within Endoscopy Services and challenges to provide a high-quality environment for patients continue to grow.

The Endoscopy Unit in SVUH are proud to be one of only two Units to currently hold JAG Accreditation in the public sector in Ireland. Our service provides the following procedures: Bowel Screening, Colonoscopy, OGD, Sigmoidoscopy, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ERCP, Bronchoscopy and Endobronchial Ultrasound.

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