Patients benefit from £450k theatre upgrade

An operating theatre at Castle Hill Hospital has undergone a £450,000 upgrade to enable patients to benefit from the latest technical advances in healthcare.

New lighting, technology and equipment has been installed at Theatre 11 at Castle Hill, the operating theatre where patients with upper gastrointestinal problems undergo surgery.

Surgeons can now use multiple 4k high-definition monitors providing superior image quality during laparoscopic procedures, allowing more precision while the patient is on the operating table

Touch screens can be used by theatre teams while they are scrubbed to adjust settings, meaning more efficient and immediate changes can be made.

Smart lighting using LEDs has been installed which is more environmentally friendly and energy efficient, switching off automatically when everyone has left the theatre.

Rebecca Morley, Charge Operating Department Practitioner, said: “The new theatre provides a much more efficient environment and, more importantly, safer surgery for patients.

“The surgeons are able to set their own preferences on screens and they can still operate and touch the screens without having to scrub in again.

“A lot of time, effort and hard work has gone into the refurbishment of the theatre and we’re really pleased patients will now benefit from the latest technology we can offer them in their treatment.”