KARL STORZ and Nuffield Health, Guildford – Facilitating Teaching and Learning to its Highest Level

19/02/2014 | Our company

KARL STORZ has recently completed another project with Nuffield Health, this time at its Guildford Hospital. This is the latest in a long line of projects KARL STORZ has undertaken with the company, including installing its flagship OR1™ NEO operating theatre in several Nuffield Health hospitals including the Chesterfield Nuffield and Plymouth Nuffield.

Nuffield Health Guildford Hospital was keen to increase the number of patients it could treat, increase efficiency and broaden its range of facilities. To this end, the decision was made to update the hospital’s theatre environment to include the latest technology, facilitating the functionality and flexibility necessary to perform increasingly complex laparoscopic surgery and, in turn, offer even better infection prevention and reduced patient recovery times. Packed full of innovation and integrated services for endoscopic surgery, an OR1™ NEO operating theatre from KARL STORZ was the perfect solution.

However, KARL STORZ’s input did not stop at the installation of the OR1™ NEO: the hospital also asked the company to design and install an element unique to a UK private hospital – a communications link streaming live surgery to the internationally recognized Minimal Access Therapy Unit (MATTU), or any other agreed destination.

MATTU is a centre of excellence created for the teaching of innovative laparoscopic surgical techniques. It is led by consultants Professor Michael Bailey and Professor Timothy Rockall, recognized throughout the world for their expertise in this innovative field, and runs over 60 courses a year offering world-class teaching in all aspects of minimal access surgery. The communications link between the KARL STORZ OR1™ NEO theatre and MATTU uses the latest technology to stream live surgery in full High Definition 1080p quality with associated two-way audio capacity, facilitating teaching and learning to its highest level.

“The installation of the latest digital theatre here at the Guildford Nuffield allows us to offer a really exciting surgical environment for complex surgery to take place, which is great for us surgeons looking to innovate and explore new options for patients. Not only that, it also provides a more efficient operating process for patients. They spend less time in theatre which minimises anaesthetic exposure and recovery, and ultimately delivers improved recovery rates.”
Professor Timothy Rockall, Specialist Bowel and Liver Surgeon

“Nuffield Health is keen to ensure we stay ahead of surgical trends and continue to offer a premium service to our patients. Having a state of the art digital theatre within our Hospital enables us to rival London and other leading centres in terms of our surgical capability and outcomes.”
Matthew Dronsfield, Director, Nuffield Health Guildford Hospital