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Stars Appeal funded keyhole surgery theatres help Salisbury District Hospital earn top rating 

Salisbury District Hospital has achieved the maximum score and a Gold rating in the national audit of specialist laparoscopic ‘keyhole’ surgery theatres.
Helen Chave (left) training a colleague in the laparoscopic theatre 
Helen Chave (left) training a colleague in the laparoscopic theatre

 Two of the hospital’s laparoscopic theatres were funded by the Stars Appeal’s Keyhole Cancer campaign. Salisbury is one of only 42 hospitals in the audit that has fully integrated High Definition (HD) imaging equipment. This gives surgeons clearer on-screen images to work with, produces better results and is considered the highest standard for laparoscopic surgery.

At the heart of this is an advanced camera system which produces high resolution pictures. Digital x rays and body scans can also be viewed on screen and all operating systems are brought under the control of touch screen panels, so that surgeons can manage these themselves. 

Helen Chave, consultant surgeon said: “We do around 2,300 laparoscopic procedures a year in Salisbury ranging from complex cancer surgery to more common operations to repair hernias and gall bladder problems. Because we operate through very small incisions using small instruments and cameras, it’s essential that we have the very best imaging equipment and access to scans and patient information at the touch of a screen. We are hugely grateful to  the  Stars Appeal and their supporters for playing a major role in funding much of the equipment which makes this work possible.”

Laparoscopic surgery is only suitable for some operations and is used mainly for abdominal surgery where it causes less damage to the  tissue, organs and muscles in the body. Patients experience less pain and scarring, and patients recover faster after surgery.

The use of laparoscopic surgery in hospital also has wider benefits for patients and staff who are looking at the overall level of care they provide for their patients. A good example of this can be seen in the Trust’s  Enhanced Recovery Programmes in cases where laparoscopic surgery is suitable for the condition.

Miss Chave said: “Salisbury is leading the way nationally on the use of Enhanced Recovery Programmes. In these programmes our patients are more actively involved in their overall care through better preoperative planning and fitness, less invasive surgery and early mobilisation after the operation. This results in a shorter recovery period and a reduced length of stay in hospital.

Notes for editors:

The first laparoscopy theatre opened in January 2008 and was funded through the Stars Appeal’s Keyhole Cancer Campaign. This new theatre suite was one of the first of its kind in England using one of the most advanced camera systems in Europe which delivered extremely high resolution  images and enabling  surgeons to carry out more laparoscopic surgery using the very latest techniques and equipment. Since then the Stars Appeal has funded further laparoscopic imaging equipment which can be used in the Trust’s other theatres (8 main/day surgery theatres in total).

1. Laparoscopic surgery

A laparoscope is a thin telescopic camera with a light source that is used to see inside the abdomen - a part of the body that contains the stomach and intestines. It can be used with small instruments to undertake keyhole surgery on this part of the body using small incisions in the skin and is the most sophisticated and least invasive form of surgery. Pictures are sent to a screen which the surgeon views while carrying out the operation. Keyhole surgery has many benefits for the patients including significantly shorter recovery times and less post operative pain and scarring.

2. Enhanced Recovery Programmes

The enhanced recovery programme is about improving the outcome of treatment for patients and speeding up a patient's recovery after surgery.  The programme focuses on making sure that patients are active participants in their own recovery process. It also aims to ensure that patients always receive evidence based care at the right time. Enhanced Recovery Programmes at Salisbury District Hospital are now used in colorectal, orthopaedic, urology,  gynaecology and plastic surgery services.

For further information please contact:

Patrick Butler
Public Relations Manager
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
Tel: 01722 425170


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