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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 run the UK’s first ever televised training in robotic colorectal surgery

Date: 25 June 2021

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU) are thrilled to have held the UK’s very first remote case observation training session using Intuitive Telepresence technology in robotic colorectal surgery. Prof Jim Khan, specialist colorectal surgeon at PHU, performed a radical robotic bowel cancer operation as part of a live demonstration to a group of 15 surgeons based in Dundee on Monday 24 May.

A remote case observation is an educational session accessed virtually that brings together medical professionals from any location to observe, learn and share skills. The operation went very well and the patient, 74-year-old Lynda Rees, has been successfully discharged and is now recovering at home. Lynda said, “I am very happy with my surgery and am feeling so much better. Professor Khan is a wonderful doctor, I was seen so quickly after my initial appointment and it went really smoothly. I’m happy to be home and feeling much better.”

Prof Khan specialises in robotic surgery and is actively involved in medical education and clinical training. He uses the da Vinci robot, that arrived at Queen Alexandra Hospital in 2012, for both practical and educational purposes. He said, “I am very grateful to the senior surgical management team and the IT team for their superb efforts to make this happen. The use of remote surgery, televised teaching and training is going to increase in the future and success of such programs depend on excellent IT facilities, technical abilities and above all great team working. At PHU we have all of that and I am so proud of it.”

The technology enabling this to happen has been developed by Intuitive, the makers of the da Vinci robots used by surgeons at PHU and allows medical professionals to work collaboratively and effectively to share best practice and continue to develop. This kind of collective learning took place before the COVID-19 pandemic but was reliant on surgeons travelling to meet with specialist colleagues across the world, so utilising this technology means surgeons at PHU continue to train, develop and lead the way for robotic surgery within our local community.

One of the participants in the sessions, said, “It was excellent. The link in terms of image, clarity, and audio was very good. I was moderating the session between Dundee and Portsmouth and I must say it was like linking with a theatre next door. I will strongly support similar opportunities in the future.”

Professor Jim Khan

 

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