Mar 20th 2015

Trust’s FINCH service is hailed a Centre of Excellence

THE FINCH service at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust had been recognised as a Centre of Excellence for their exceptional work in treating urge faecal incontinence.

 The recognition was given by Uroplasty, the leading manufacturer of medical devices for the minimally invasive treatment of voiding dysfunctions and pelvic disorders.

Clare Champion, from Uroplasty, commented: “This recognition is given to the FINCH service at SWBH because they have demonstrated excellent competency in using percutaneous tibia nerve stimulation (PTNS), which is a special treatment for urge faecal incontinence.

“We have been working closely with the FINCH team for the past five years and we are amazed by the work that they have done. They have consistently shown good results. Out of patients treated significant improvements have been seen. This is impressive and I believe it will continue and increase in the near future.

“Their practice has reached the highest standard which allows them to provide training to other healthcare professionals across the country. The impact of their work is tremendous as they have helped the patients to improve the quality of life.

“We look forward to working closely with them in the future and helping them to make significant impacts on the quality of care at the Trust.”

Kelly Stackhouse, Lead Bowel Function Clinical Nurse Specialist, said: “We are very honoured and privileged to receive this recognition. This is a whole team effort as we all have been working hard together to ensure we can provide the best care to our patients.

“Our service specialises in bowel conditions. We offer assessment, investigation and treatment into the disorder. We have provided training to five centres across the country and presented our data at local and national conferences. We hope that by working closely with Uroplasty, we will be able to continue to achieve these results and enable more patients to benefit from this treatment improving their symptoms and quality of life.”


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