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Surgical Innovation Centre

Surgical Innovation Centre to push future innovation

As well as using innovative techniques to enable patients to be ready to go home sooner, the Centre also improves patient experience by providing consultation, diagnosis and treatment planning in the same place on the same da

The Surgical Innovation Centre at Imperial College, London, UK, a global centre for excellence in innovation and design in healthcare delivery, has been formerly opened by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. At the heart of the Surgical Innovation Centre are two laparoscopic theatres for patients to benefit from the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery such as robotics and image guidance surgery, and the first Da Vinci robotic programme in the UK, which aids surgeons in performing enhanced remote surgery.

The Centre is the UK’s leading facility in bariatric surgery, as well as specialising in scarless surgery for cancer. Over the past year, nearly 2,000 patients have been treated in the Surgical Innovation Centre. As well as using innovative techniques to enable patients to be ready to go home sooner, the Centre also improves patient experience by providing consultation, diagnosis and treatment planning in the same place on the same day.

“The NHS is under considerable pressure in meeting the challenge of shifting patient demographics, the burden of life style disease and financial constraints. Innovation through better technologies, processes and design can help address the challenges facing health care delivery globally,” said Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial. “Surgery is one area which has thrived with innovation over the last two decades and the Surgical Innovation Centre will push these boundaries further.”

The Surgical Innovation Centre’s research programme directly benefits patients treated at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and aims to influence best practice across the NHS. Before formally opening the Centre, HRH The Prince of Wales visited two of its units which conduct cutting-edge research: The Hamlyn Centre for healthcare technology, which is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for medical robotics in the UK, and the Evelyn de Rothschild Clinical Skills Centre and Chitra Nirmal Sethia Technology and Training Hub.

The Surgical Innovation Centre is a unique surgical facility which embodies clinical excellence, translational research and education and training in one location. This is achieved through the shared mission of the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre, a joint initiative of Imperial College London, rated one of the world’s best universities, and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

“The Surgical Innovation Centre is a great example of innovation delivering rapid, practical benefits to patients through collaboration between the NHS and academia,” said Dr Tracey Batten, Chief Executive of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. “We are working to ensure this approach becomes the norm across all of our services and beyond to our partners across north west London.”

HRH The Prince of Wales also visited the Health Innovation Exchange (HELIX), located on the St Mary’s Campus, a unique pop-up studio in London harnessing the power of design to transform approaches to key diseases in the NHS and prevent everyday healthcare problems. HELIX is a joint collaboration between the Royal College of Art and Imperial’s Institute of Global Health Innovation, and is funded by HEFCE.

HELIX embedded within a public hospital. In its innovative working space, scientists, engineers, designers, policy makers and psychologists work together with doctors, nurses and patients to explore and co-develop new ideas into prototype products, processes and services.

In the studio HRH The Prince of Wales saw a smartphone app to encourage children with asthma to correctly monitor their condition and improve treatment compliance; a design intervention to improve patient cancer care; a design-led approach to improve uptake in bowel cancer screening; and a card game to promote physical activity.

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