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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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Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust host two-day practical course for upper GI robotic surgery

Date: 29 June 2021

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU) has hosted a two-day course for surgical colleagues showcasing the advancements in robotic upper GI surgery. The course was led by Nick Carter, and Gijs van Boxel, consultant upper GI surgeons who both specialise in robotic surgery at PHU.

Surgeons attending the course had the opportunity to use the da Vinci robot, originally obtained by PHU in 2012, as well as a new video and audio streaming system from Intuitive recently purchased by the Trust, to develop their robotic surgical skills in a practical way.

Robotic surgery allows complicated procedures to be carried out through keyhole incisions using a camera and technology that aims to be more precise and benefit patients with quicker recovery times. Surgeons at PHU use the da Vinci robot for hundreds of procedures a year and are now extending its use for medical education and training, leading the way from Portsmouth.

Attendees gained hands-on experience and table-side exposure to robotic upper GI surgery, learnt about patient positioning and got an introduction into the training pathway to becoming an independent robotic UGI surgeon. They also had the opportunity to observe live robotic cases in theatres by Nick and Gijs.

Mentoring is a fundamental part of training and development, and this technology provides an additional layer of training for surgeons. Nick said, “We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting our colleagues from around the country and demonstrating to them the expertise we have here that our Portsmouth patients have access to.”

While Gijs added, “Robotic upper GI surgery is starting to gain traction in the UK. It is a great pleasure and honour to be able to lead this development at PHU which will ultimately benefit our local population”

This two-day course was made possible due to the collaborative working from the senior surgical team, pathology department and mortuary team.

 

 

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