New £3 million hybrid theatre provides patients with revolutionary treatment
08 December 2016
After almost a year of work, a new cutting-edge £3 million state-of-the-art endovascular hybrid theatre suite has just opened at Southend University Hospital.
The suite combines all the features of a fully-equipped
operating theatre with an interventional radiology suite, and
includes ultramodern imaging and operating equipment for complex
Consultant Vascular Surgeon, James Brown - one of the first to
use the theatre - said: "The new hybrid theatre represents a
significant investment in vascular services at Southend.
"We can now provide the best care for our patients in one single
location without compromise. It is only by the combination of the
best quality imaging and theatre facilities that these complex
vascular procedures can be undertaken."
The hospital's radiology, surgical and theatre teams are now
able to work collaboratively to provide revolutionary treatments,
such as carotid stenting and clot retrieval, for patients in one
Consultant Interventional Radiologist, Matthew Tam, said: "It's
wonderful to work in collaboration with the vascular surgeons to
continue to successfully treat patients with aneurysms.
"Many other complex conditions can also be treated by
interventional radiologists using this facility, including complex
radiology procedures for cancer patients such as chemoembolisation,
in addition to other minimally invasive treatments. It will further
enable us to offer the very best care for our patients."
The suite was officially opened in November by Southend Hospital
Chairman, Alan Tobias OBE.