The BSGE presents a data analysis of its Specialist Endometriosis Centres
Last week the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE) held its annual Scientific Meeting in Norwich. The BSGE is part of the Royal College for Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG) and promotes the use of keyhole surgery for benign gynaecological conditions including endometriosis. The BSGE aims to improve standards treating women with gynaecological problems and provides a list of accredited Specialist Endometriosis Centres in the UK.
The concept of the BSGE Endocentres is now well established. Each centre provides women with specialist care by providing access to multi-disciplinary specialists; specialist nurse, gynaecologists, colorectal surgeons and other professional clinical disciplines.
Endometriosis UK has been gradually developing our relationships with the BSGE and has supported the development of the accredited Specialist Endometriosis Treatment Centres.
During the Scientific Meeting, a summary of treatment data and outcomes from the BSGE accredited Specialist Endometriosis Centres was presented.
BSGE accredited centres – first data input analysis
One of the key aims for the BSGE accreditation scheme for Specialist Endometriosis Centres is the sharing and comparing of data on treatments and the outcomes of that treatment. Sufficient comprehensive information has been input by the thirty BSGE Centres together with the 16 provisional BSGE centres over the last few years in order to provide an initial first analysis.
The aim of the BSGE database analysis is to provide clinicians and the BSGE information in a collaborative and concise manner, particularly focusing on women with advanced stage recto-vaginal endometriosis.
The results provided so far (since 2008) have indicated that the complex surgical treatments performed have led to improvements in symptoms, quality of care and quality of life. However, few patients have noticed any changes to bladder function. Further analysis of the data is ongoing and will be published later this year in the medical press.
These specialist centres are subject to annual review and accreditation is reviewed for centres that do not continue to meet agreed criteria. It is encouraging to report that Specialist Commissioning within NHS England for severe endometriosis has now commenced adopting the BSGE model.
Endometriosis UK trustee Ertan Saridogan becomes BSGE President
We’d also like to take a moment to say congratulations to Endometriosis UK Trustee, Ertan Saridogan, who takes over from Kevin Phillips as President of the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy.