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After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

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Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

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Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

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If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

News

Maxillofacial department welcomes Trust's first 3D printer

Date: 12 July 2021

3D printer

Our maxillofacial department has welcomed the Trust’s first 3D printer as part of a long-term goal to develop a 3D hub.

The 3D printer uses patient CT and CBCT scans to print models of bones and soft tissue to help surgeons plan operations ahead, reducing theatre time and patient risk.

It will also help with patient consent as well as providing a new dynamic to student training.

Principal maxillofacial prosthetist Anna Veli said: “We are so thrilled to finally get the 3D printer as it is something that we have wanted for a long time in order to develop our service and as part of our long-term goal for a 3D hub in the hospital.

“Previously, a 3D model could take up to two weeks to arrive from an outside supplier, so having a printer of our own has dramatically reduced that waiting time, as well as the cost.

“Even more, the beauty of it is that it can print overnight and by the morning we have our 3D model ready to work on.

“We can then use this to simplify things for our patients who are able to understand more about their surgery. The feedback we have had from our patients confirm that this helps them feel more at ease, when they give operation consent.

“It also helps our surgeons to better visualise how an operation could go, which reduces stress, and the theatre time. They feel they have already completed the operation before they even enter the theatre room.

“We have had a few cases where the surgeon had to “change” their plan after seeing the 3D model, something that they feel it is a great tool to avoid the unexpected.”

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