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New £3 million hybrid theatre provides patients with revolutionary treatment

08 December 2016

Health Care

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 endovascular work.

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 single location.

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.