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OPERATING THEATRES


Surgical equipment first for Ayr hospital


Following the installation of Olympus Medical Systems’ Endoalpha 4K integrated operating theatre, surgeons at University Hospital Ayr undertaking laparoscopic surgery can now operate with enhanced visibility, and stream live images of surgery for training – both within the hospital and to locations worldwide.


Reckoned by the medical technology specialist to be the UK’s most advanced such facility, the theatre was completed in just nine weeks – in a turnkey project which saw Olympus Medical deliver elements including initial planning, room design, construction, and sourcing and integration of third-party products. University Hospital Ayr, on the southern outskirts of Ayr, is a district general hospital


operated by Scottish Health Board, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, that provides inpatient, day case, and outpatient medical and surgical services to a population of around 376,000, houses the Emergency Department (ED) for South Ayrshire, and provides a number of Ayrshire-wide services – including vascular surgery, ophthalmology, urology, and audiology.


The seeds for a new integrated


laparoscopic operating theatre to complement the hospital’s five general surgical and four day case theatres were sown about three years ago. The goal was to provide a fully integrated 4K theatre equipped to enable surgeons to undertake a greater range and volume of bariatric surgery in a purpose- designed environment using equipment that would provide optimal visibility of the surgical field and precise control of all components. A second key objective was to enhance the Health Board and hospital’s ability to undertake laparoscopic surgery training, both on site and via video and audio links to other locations in Scotland, as well as further afield. Refurbishing and fitting out the integrated theatre cost £740,000, with the cost borne by the Ayrshire and Arran Health Board Charity Fund (also known as ‘the Endowment Funds’).


Funding the new theatre


University Hospital Ayr is a district general hospital operated by NHS Ayrshire & Arran, that provides inpatient, day case, and outpatient medical and surgical services.


Thenew theatre’s equipping with the latest audio, video, and image streaming and recording technology will enhance our surgical trainingcapability, allowing us to make a significant contribution as a centre


of excellence for laparoscopic surgery. Professor Majid Ali, University Hospital Ayr


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An opening presentation took place at the hospital’s Education Suite. Professor Majid Ali, the Health Board’s director of surgical specialities, and a consultant in general and upper GI surgery, cut a ribbon to mark the theatre’s official opening. Karen Andrews, general manager, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, explained that about three years ago, surgeons led by the Professor had made a persuasive case for the new laparoscopic theatre, to support a more efficient and effective facility for the delivery of laparoscopic cases, which include bariatric surgery; NHS Ayrshire & Arran is seeing increasing demand for such procedures. Soon afterwards the board’s management team began investigating potential funding options. Karen Andrews explained: “We were very fortunate that much of the cost of this fantastic new theatre was borne by the Board’s Charity Fund.”


‘State-of-the-art’ technology


Following Karen Andrews’ speech, Professor Ali addressed guests, beginning by thanking Ayrshire and Arran Health Board Charity


MAY 2019


©NHS Ayrshire & Arran.


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