Burnley Hospital to use latest technology to unlock a new keyhole era
1:55pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
HOSPITAL surgeons in Burnley General are looking to keep up to speed with the town’s ‘most enterprising’ tag by unveiling an extra theatre for operations.
Keyhole surgery has been made easier in the day case theatres at the Casterton Avenue site with the introduction of a state-of-the-art digital imaging system. The German-made technology provides more clearly-defined images of the insides of the human body for minimally-invasive techniques.
Rob Salaman, the trust’s theatres clinical director and a consultant vascular surgeon, said: “It is great for the East Lancashire community that we continue to invest in the site and provide the most innovative and enterprising theatres and tools, enabling us to continue to provide the best care possible within all surgery. Having an ‘OR1’ system makes it easier for the surgeon to carry out keyhole procedures, by having a clearer view and more efficient theatre set-up. This will help reduce operating time, improve patient safety and improve patient outcomes ensuring faster recovery rates so that more patients can go home on the same day of surgery.”
Only a handful of similar theatres are hosted by trusts in the North West.
Part of the same scheme also saw an original day case theatre fitted out with a new ‘ultra-clean’ ventilation system, meaning all kinds of day surgery, including orthopaedics, can be carried out there.
The overhaul, which was overseen with input from specialist theatre staff, began in March and both of the theatres are now operational.
Work is still continuing at Burnley General on a new integrated urgent care centre, children’s minor injuries unit and child development unit.
The upgrade is the second in two years after two theatres in the hospital’s Wilson Hey block were overhauled, at a cost of £300,000, in late 2011 and early 2012.
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