Surgical staff introduced to new theatres in Brunel building

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Surgical staff were given the chance to get to grips with the equipment in the theatres of the new Brunel building.

There are 24 operating theatres inside the new hospital building, which opens in May, and they have been fitted with state of the art equipment.

North Bristol NHS Trust is the first in the UK to adopt new generation software-based integrated theatres on such a large scale, allowing surgeons to call up data and images at the touch of a screen.

The Brunel building at Southmead hospital Bristol was handed over to the trust by developers Carillion last month and now it is being equipped ahead of patients being moved in during May.

As well as equipping and furnishing more than 4,500 rooms in the building, staff are being given tours of the building and training in preparation for the move from the existing Frenchay and Southmead hospitals.

Groups of surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and theatre co-ordinators were given demonstrations of the equipment that has been built into the new theatres by the manufacturers to ensure they know how to work the control panels, lighting lasers, drugs cupboards and doors within the new operating theatres.

The staff, known as super users, will then be encouraged to share their learning with other members of their teams so that everyone has an understanding of how the new equipment works.