Hemas Hospital – Wattala conducts an Endoscopic Ultrasound Workshop with University of Kelaniya Surgery Department

Hemas Hospital-Wattala, the flagship hospital of the first internationally accredited hospital chain in Sri Lanka, conducted a workshop on endoscopic ultrasound procedure for the specialist surgeons and gastroenterologists together with the kelaniya University Surgery department recently. Dr. Malay Sharma, Consultant Gastroenterologist / Hepatologist and Head of Endoscopic Services Jaswant Rai Speciality Hospital, Meerut, India, conducted the workshop.

The day-long workshop, collaborated by Biomed International and Pentax Medical, was initiated with an intention of developing local expertise in the area of gastrointestinal diagnosis and surgery and covered all important aspects related to Endoscopic Ultrasound Diagnosis using live demonstrations on patients. Surgeons and gastroenterologists from various teaching hospitals participated for this workshop conducted for the first time in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Sharma, sharing his thoughts, said, “Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS), a minimally invasive procedure, is a harmony of endoscopy and ultrasound for accurate diagnosis of digestive tract. It often can be coupled with other diagnostic procedures to be used as an alternate method for exploratory surgery. Imaging tests used in EUS, such as in CT scan and MRI, help determine the magnitude of the disease through accurate evaluation of root causes of symptoms in the digestive tract. It is important for consultants who perform in this area to be up-to-date with the latest and I, therefore, hope this workshop will be of use to those who aspire to be specialists in this area.”

Former president of the College of Surgeons and renowned specialist surgeon from the University Surgical Unit, Professor Ranil Fernando, also, addressed the participants at the workshop highlighting the importance of doctors being competent with new skills.

Dr. Samanthi de Silva, General Manager & Head of Medical Services, Hemas Hospitals-Wattala, commenting about the workshop said, “We are pleased to facilitate the first-ever workshop conducted in Sri Lanka on EUS for surgeons and gastroenterology specialists, which is also the first workshop to be conducted by a private hospital on the same subject. It is our aspiration to become the centre of excellence for gastrointestinal surgery, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and, so, we are happy to build the skills of our doctors, which in turn would contribute to improve the standards of health care services in the country for the community. The knowledge and experience shared through the workshop will, no doubt, help enhance skills of our consultants who are keen to excel in GI as a specialty.”

Hemas Hospitals-Wattala expanded into gastrointestinal healthcare services early this year with the launch of its fully-fledged, state-of-the-art gastrointestinal centre (GI centre). Free walk-in clinic, the first of its kind by a Sri Lankan hospital, was introduced subsequently as an extension to GI services provided by the hospital and as a result patients can, now, undergo free health examination to diagnose gastrointestinal problems. Further, as a part of its regular staff training abroad to improve endoscopic skills, the hospital, also provided two of its nurses an extensive GI related training in India recently.

Hemas Hospitals is a subsidiary of Hemas Holdings, one of Sri Lanka’s leading conglomerates with a focus on 5 key sectors of FMCG, healthcare, transportation, leisure and power generation.

Expansions of Gastrointestinal services offered by Hemas Hospitals-Wattala

17th June‘14:
Hemas Hospitals, the only internationally accredited hospital chain in Sri Lanka, expands its gastrointestinal services by introducing a walk-in clinic for diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal problems. This facility, the first of its kind by a Sri Lankan hospital, is available at its Wattala branch.

The walk-in-clinic provides patients of Hemas Hospitals-Wattala free health examination throughout weekdays with a well-trained panel of medical officers attending to diagnosing patients. The clinic will be open for patients from 9a.m. to 3p.m. during weekdays and on Saturdays.

Hemas Hospitals launched its fully-fledged, state-of-the-art gastrointestinal centre (GI centre) at its Wattala branch in January this year. This unit has the capability of diagnosing and treating patients for a wide range of gastrointestinal issues and has shown growth over 40%, ever since its launch, in terms of referrals made by patients.

The GI centre attached to Hemas Hospitals – Wattala is the only hospital in Sri Lanka that is capable of carrying out advanced PH capsule study, a precise diagnosis method used to check acid levels in the oesophagus.

Expressing satisfaction over treatment received from Hemas Hospitals GI centre, Niroshani Gamage, 41years, from Negombo said, “I got to know about the PH capsule study test when I visited Hemas Hospitals for severe gastritis and heartburn issue. The doctor, who checked, directed me to the GI unit and there, I had to undergo a PH capsule study. The outcome of the test was extremely helpful for the doctor to precisely diagnose the case and prescribe medication. I am, now, on a different treatment schedule, revised based on the test results. I feel much better now and my situation is fast improving.”

Dr. Samanthi de Silva, General Manager & Head of Medical Services, Hemas Hospitals-Wattala, commenting about the expansion of its GI centre at Wattala said, “Our main intention is to provide a comprehensive treatment package for all those who suffer from obesity and gastrointestinal diseases. There is a close relationship identified between obesity and gastrointestinal diseases which is also proven clinically. Therefore, our GI unit commenced its new addition – a weight reduction clinic conducted by a well-trained team including medical officers, gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliay surgeons and physicians.”

In addition, GI centre at Hemas Hospitals-Wattala provides endoscopy facilities; including hassle free capsular endoscopy, ERCP and surgical treatment facilities for all related gastrointestinal issues. Many patients who undergo surgery at Wattala benefit from minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery that leaves a small scar and helps them to return to normal work in a shorter time. Further, walk-in-patients for the clinic can consult specialists, gastrointestinal surgeons and physicians for advanced diagnosis as well.

Hemas Hospitals is a subsidiary of Hemas Holdings, one of Sri Lanka’s leading conglomerates with a focus on 5 key sectors of FMCG, healthcare, transportation, leisure and power generation.

Hemas Hospital launches a fully-fledged Center for Gastrointestinal Studies and Surgery for the first time in Sri Lanka

Hemas hospitals, the only internationally accredited hospital chain in Sri Lanka recently launched a fully-fledged gastrointestinal diagnostic and surgical facility and acquired Pentax EPK i 7000 endoscopy system with a High definition ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography) scope for the first time in Sri Lanka.

The diagnostic and surgical facility includes advanced diagnostic facilities for all gastrointestinal related issues via High definition Endoscopy and Colonoscopy facility, Capsule Endoscopy facility, PH capsule study facility and small bowel enterescopy facility.
Currently, Hemas Hospital is the only hospital in Sri Lanka which possesses the advanced PH capsule studies to measure the acid levels in the esophagus. Accurate diagnosis of acid levels helps the medical practitioners diagnose the acid reflux disease.

Further, the introduction of the capsule endoscopy facilitates the patients to avoid the painful traditional endoscopy procedure and to undergo an endoscopy just by swallowing a capsule with a mini video camera which can transmit the images of the esophagus and the bowels.

Other facilities offered by The Specialized Center for Gastrointestinal Studies are the routine endoscopy, colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy facilities.

Hemas Hospitals also possesses the state of the art Laparoscopy Surgical Unit with facilities to carry out a wide range of advanced gastrointestinal surgeries including the removal of cancers in the bowel and stomach, esophagus related surgeries and gallbladder, Pancreas and Liver related surgeries.

With the setting up of the new facility, Hemas Hospitals has the capability of treating numerous Gastrointestinal related health issues such as Heartburn, Acid reflux, altered bowel habits, abdominal discomfort, frequent burping, bleeding per rectum and lumps in abdomen and groin and other related symptoms under the special attention of well-known Gastroenterologists and Gastrointestinal Surgeons.

Hemas Hospitals is a subsidiary of Hemas Holdings, one of Sri Lanka’s leading conglomerates with a focus on five key sectors – FMCG, Healthcare, Transportation, Leisure and Power generation.

Hemas Hospitals Wattala hosts workshop on Endoscopy

Hemas Hospitals, the only internationally accredited hospital chain in Sri Lanka recently facilitated a Pre congress workshop on ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) for the members of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka to coincide with its annual academic sessions just concluded.

The workshop was held at Hemas Hospital’s advanced theater complex using the recently acquired state –of-the-art Pentax EPK i 7000 High Definition Endoscopy System. With the EPK i 7000 system, Hemas Hospital also acquired a high definition ERCP scope, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. During the workshop, a wide array of common ERCP procedures was clinically demonstrated by an eminent faculty of surgeons including Dr. K.L Fernando, Dr. N.M.M Nawarathne, Dr. Chandika Liyanage, and Professor Kim Heng Boon from Mount Elizabeth Hospital Singapore.

The workshop on ERCP was followed by a training session for nurses on handling and cleaning of endoscopy instruments. This session was conducted by a technical team representing Pentax Singapore.

Dr. Samanthi de Silva, General Manager, Hemas Hospital – Wattala said that organizing the workshop demonstrates Hemas Hospitals’ keen interest in providing its facilities for continuous training needs of the medical fraternity. “This is also in line with our long term plan of developing Hemas Hospital as a center of excellence in Gastrointestinal surgery”, she said.

“With the acquisition of the new High definition Endoscopy system, Hemas Hospital possesses the capacity to carry out advanced diagnosis in Gastro Intestinal studies” she added.

Hemas Hospitals is a subsidiary of Hemas Holdings, one of Sri Lanka’s leading conglomerates with a focus on five key sectors – FMCG, Healthcare, Transportation, Leisure and Power generation.