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PORTSMOUTH has been approved as a national endoscopy training centre thanks to its work in treating early cancers.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, is now one of only 20 training centres in the UK, to be granted this status by the Joint Advisory Group on gastrointestinal endoscopy.

It means clinicians from across the country, and overseas, will be able to come to Portsmouth to train in the latest endoscopy techniques – one of which is only being carried out in the UK at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Professor Pradeep Bhandari, consultant physician and gastroenterologist, said: ‘We have been innovating smart techniques for detection and removal of early cancers.

‘My work on vinegar in the detection of early cancers has attracted international attention and has been adopted by a lot of hospitals around the world.

‘We are now nationally recognised as being a trust that can offer something unique.

‘Our training centre status will allow us to spread these skills much more widely to benefit patients all across the country.’