KARL STORZ has installed three integrated OR1™ operating theatres in the new and improved £30m Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital, designed to incorporate the very latest technology and representing a major investment in patient care.
Built on the site of the old building, the new hospital will continue to provide a full range of medical and surgical specialties, delivered in state-of-the-art clinical facilities, bringing together medical and surgical expertise in Cambridge and allowing patients to access first-class hospital treatment.
The new theatres provide the hospital with the latest innovations and services for endoscopic surgery, and are multi-functional and multi-discipline, making them suitable for use in all surgical specialties.
One of the theatres has also been equipped with KARL STORZ’s communications package, meaning it has full videoconferencing facilities for the streaming of live surgery, both internally and externally; quad-video to enable the streaming of four separate images at one time; and telestration, a graphical teaching aid.
This capability will greatly enhance and support the new hospital’s educational facilities, putting it right at the forefront of this area of technology.
A key element of the OR1™ is that theatres can be pre-set to each individual surgeon’s needs via the easy-to-use Realistic User Interface (RUI), creating a bespoke surgical experience and so reducing operating times.
The RUI also enables the clinical team to control and monitor all devices from one location using exact device replication. Inclusion of the IMAGE1 SPIES™ image enhancement system means that surgeons undertaking complex surgery can view challenging anatomical areas more clearly than ever before.
Adrian Manning, Deputy Theatre Manager at the hospital, says: “The KARL STORZ OR1™ theatres not only look great but have provided us with the flexibility and future-proofing required for today’s modern operating theatre.
"I feel we have only just scratched the surface with the potential of this system in regard to our practice - the surgeons are already thinking of ways they can use the viewing and recording facilities to aid with teaching.
"Theatre staff feel more involved with operations now that these can be viewed on the various monitors; this is especially relevant now that we can link equipment such as microscopes through the system. A comprehensive training package has given staff the confidence to use the system, and further support and advice is only ever a phone call away.”