New video device allows surgeons to record operations at St Cross in Rugby

The theatre team with a monitor placed above the video recorder. Photo  by George Ballard.
The theatre team with a monitor placed above the video recorder. Photo by George Ballard.
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A hospital charity has donated a video device so surgeons can record delicate operations and use them as a learning tool.

The Friends of St Cross recently donated the video capture device for use in Ophthalmic Surgery at the town’s hospital.

The surgical team will use the recordings to prepare for further specialist operations.

Theatre Sister, Melanie Speed, said: “By capturing the detail of these operations as they are performed we are able to improve our techniques, which in turn leads a better service for our patients.

“In addition to undertaking cataract surgery, our team deliver a wide range of procedures, and Consultant Surgeon Mr Pagliarini undertakes all his surgery for the Trust at St Cross.

“We are most grateful for the support provided by the Friends, who not only donated this equipment but also assist as ‘helping hands’ during cataract operations, which are now performed during 3threesessions per week. The volunteers are often patients who have had this surgery themselves. They provide comfort and assurance to patients before and during the procedure – encouraging the patient to squeeze the volunteer’s hand if they need to communicate with the team if, for example, they need to pause the procedure to scratch their nose! The volunteers are most welcome members of the team, which delivers a model of care which is fully endorsed by the Trust.”