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King’s Endometriosis service secures reaccreditation

25 March 2024 - Congratulations to King’s Endometriosis service

The British Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE) has once again accredited the Trust as an Endometriosis Centre, recognising our team’s outstanding care, innovative working and commitment to research.

Endometriosis is a debilitating inflammatory condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes. It can affect up to 10% of patients in their reproductive years, equating to approximately over 1.5 million in the UK, and the chronic pain experienced by some women as a result of the condition can have a huge impact on their wellbeing.

The King’s Endometriosis service, based at King’s College Hospital and the Princess Royal University Hospital was commended for its work to diagnose patients and provide treatment through the use of the latest robotic surgery techniques.

Patients seen at our hospitals benefit from a dedicated specialist one-stop gynaecology clinic offering patients high-quality ultrasound scans, resulting in a faster and more accurate diagnosis. Our team have secured access to multiple ultrasound machines, which allows for more patients to be seen and diagnosed, thereby helping to reduce the care backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The introduction of new and innovative ways of working has also meant that some complex operations are now being safely performed as day-cases, which is helping to further reduce waiting lists.

For patients that require surgical interventions, robotic surgery has revolutionised the care we provide. A specialised camera and instruments are inserted through much smaller ‘keyhole’ cuts in the patient, and a camera is controlled by a surgeon who sits beside them at an ergonomically designed console. Advantages of the robotic surgery offered at King’s include reduced complication rates and blood loss, and a faster recovery for the patient.

Mr Nitish Narvekar, Clinical Director for Gynaecology, said: “The entire team is delighted to have secured this prestigious reaccreditation for the service. We are all passionate about our work, and doing everything possible to ensure patients get the diagnosis they need, as well as the treatments that can improve their quality of life immeasurably.

“We are particularly proud of the benefits that come with the state-of-the-art robotic surgery – there are obvious benefits for patients, but it also offers our surgeons a greater level of comfort when carrying out long complex surgery, improving their working lives and reducing the chances of fatigue.”

For more information about the symptoms and signs of endometriosis, visit the NHS website here.