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New operating theatre on the cutting edge


Oct 10, 2017 #Gateshead, #health

Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead has officially unveiled a new, state-of-the-art theatre, making it one of the most advanced laparoscopic theatres in the North East.

The theatre, which will carry out leading cancer treatment, boasts advanced imaging technologies and voice activated equipment which will help staff individualise treatments for patients and provide quicker, more efficient operating times.

The theatre has introduced two cutting edge technologies as well as being the first hospital in the North East to provide Near Infra-Red imaging and Immunofluorescent Technology. The new equipment was partly funded by the hospital charity, which collects donations and legacies from the public to improve the patient’s experience.

This equipment produces high quality imaging while also using specialised dyes and instruments that enable surgeons to view areas that may not be visible to the naked eye. This means they can provide treatments tailored to each individual, reducing complications and recurring diseases.

Nithya Ratnavelu, Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist said:

“Patient experience is very important to us and we are extremely dedicated to providing the most advanced treatment and care as possible. The introduction of Immunofluorescent Technology has greatly improved the Trust’s ability to individualise cancer treatments.

For example, in it can be used to determine which areas of the bowel receive a good blood supply and can help surgeons decide where best to perform procedures. In Gynaecological Cancer Surgery it can be used to help determine to which lymph gland cancer cells might potentially spread – these glands can be targeted during surgery, potentially leading to markedly improved patient outcomes.”  

Paul O’Loughlin, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, commented on the benefits to staff:

“The new theatre has also increased productivity. The voice activation feature on the equipment means that the surgeon can control what’s happening in the theatre, meaning that the nurse on the floor can concentrate on what is required rather than having to adjust settings on the machine. The settings can also be customised, meaning each surgeon can set their own preferences which the kit will remember, greatly speeding up set –up times.”

If you’d like to find out more about QE Charitable Funds or make a donation, take a look at the website: http://www.qegatesheadcharitablefunds.org.uk/A nurse working in the theatres of QE Gateshead has been given a Healthwatch Newcastle and Gateshead Star Award after glowing feedback from a patient.

By Emily