State-of-the-art digital theatres open at Holly House
Surgeons at Holly House operated in the hospital’s new state-of-the-art digital theatres for the first time on Monday 4 February. The new theatre suite is part of the hospital’s £20m purpose-built facility which opened to outpatients towards the end of January 2013.
Built on the site of the former London Ambulance station at the rear of the hospital, the new facility is part of an ongoing multi-million pound redevelopment and expansion project which has doubled the size of the hospital.
Innovative technology means that all components of the operating theatres are now fully-integrated and digitally controlled via one touch-screen or via voice-activation. The high-definition cameras and screens vastly increases the clarity and depth of field so more detail and colour definition can be seen to assist the surgeons during surgery particularly keyhole surgery. Any images, documents and patient records relevant to the patient’s care can also be screened on the various monitors so that the surgeon can refer to them during surgery. Ultimately the technology enables surgeons to perform procedures with more information at their fingertips thus reducing procedure times and benefiting the patients.
Each piece of equipment, such as the surgical lights, is ceiling-mounted to eliminate trailing cables and leads to create an uncluttered operating room. Equipment can be adjusted to suit different needs and the entire room set up saved as per each surgeon’s preference or procedure requirements and recalled each time that surgeon operates, making the previously laborious process of setting up for an operating list more efficient.
In addition, the system’s integrated booms, lighting and cameras provide a theatre setting capable of advanced video broadcasting and recording. This means that live video conferences are now a possibility in which operations could be broadcast perhaps for teaching purposes or to another consultant for collaboration on complex surgical procedures.
Phil Bates, Director of Holly House Hospital, said: “The new theatres will modernise patient care, operating procedures and training at Holly House. Our new hospital has been designed to combine the exceptional medical care for which Holly House has been known for the last 30 years with some of the best modern healthcare facilities in the UK. We are looking forward to welcoming both our existing patients and new patients to Holly House in the near future.”
The new build provides cutting edge treatment facilities including 23 consultation and minor treatment rooms, Pharmacy, dedicated Oral Surgery Suite, Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic, three new integrated theatres and a pathology laboratory, leaving the existing hospital, complete with many of the house’s original features, for inpatients to enjoy a relaxing and comfortable stay in surroundings not dissimilar to a five-star country house hotel. Phase two of the redevelopment and expansion project will see additional inpatient bedrooms created within newly vacated areas of the original building, increasing the number of inpatient beds from 55 to 70.
The hospital continues to offer consultations, investigations and treatment in most medical specialties including orthopaedics, general surgery, women’s health, men’s health, ENT, oral surgery and ophthalmics. Specialist services include cosmetic surgery, weight-loss surgery, fertility, private GP service and health screening. The considerable investment into the latest technology will undoubtedly attract new consultants to the hospital and see new services being developed over the coming months.
Holly House Hospital, a member of Aspen Healthcare, welcomes both insured patients and those choosing to pay for their own treatment. Patients are guaranteed rapid access to appointments at times convenient to them including evenings and Saturdays. Some services are also provided to patients on behalf of the NHS.