Doctor looking at patient through microscope

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS launch new microscope

A new state-of-the-art microscope has launched at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, which will allow clinical teams to perform more complex ear surgery and give patients the opportunity to go home on the same day.

Patients who need middle ear surgery because of hearing loss or the need for eardrum repair will now be able to be seen at Maidstone Hospital. In the past, patients were transferred to different sites but now specialist equipment and cutting-edge technology is available on a wider scale.

The new microscope will not only allow for expedited treatment processes, possibly arresting patient backlog – but it will also expand operations at the hospital, giving Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeries a larger scope.

The new technology gives clinical teams access to 4k images, ultimately giving clinicians more clarity than ever for every procedure. The design consists of two eye pieces either side of the microscope and a high-quality screen.

Iain McKay-Davies, Consultant ENT Surgeon for Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, said: ”We are delighted to be able to start using the new microscope that will allow us to deliver high quality major ear surgery to those patients living in the Maidstone area.

“It will also support the training needs of future surgeons and theatre staff at the Trust.”

The new equipment will provide an ideal learning base for future students and will support the development of clinical and specialist teams.

More information on the new technology is available here.

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