Hospital operating room

New hybrid operating theatre set to boost health outcomes in the Midlands

Patients in the Black Country are set to benefit from a cutting-edge robotic hybrid theatre, The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust has announced.

The £1m estate is the first of its kind in the region and boasts the capabilities of an operating theatre as well as enabling clinicians to perform routine surgical procedures, and catheter-based interventions and open surgery under a single anaesthetic.

As well as these benefits, the hybrid theatre now enables health professionals at The Dudley Group to treat patients with just one solution rather than having them return for repeat interventions. The trust also say it now has the capacity to circumvent some open procedures by using anti-vascular techniques.

The trust’s Deputy Chief of Surgery, Atiq-ur Rehman, said: “The robotic hybrid operating theatre will provide a better experience and best quality service for our patients, and a safer, more streamlined pathway for their treatment.

“It will also enable vascular specialists to carry out less invasive surgery which would traditionally have required a much bigger open operation. Thanks to the state-of-the-art facility, this will improve patients’ outcomes and reduce their length of stay in the hospital.”

The trust also highlights the fact that the theatre will allow for surgeries to be much more accurate thanks to the enhanced image capabilities. The Dudley Group expect to welcome the theatre’s first patients this month, with staff training now underway following the project’s completion.

Trust Chief Executive, Diane Wake, added: “We are very proud to be opening such a fantastic new facility here in Dudley and know that it will make such a difference to our patients of the Black Country population.

“We pride ourselves on being innovative and forward thinking; and this hybrid theatre will allow us to meet our strategic goal of delivering the high-quality vascular services every time.”

NHE September/October 2023

NHE September/October 2023

Empowering the next generation to lead the way in hard-to-treat cancers.

The September/October 2023 edition of NHE brings you expert comment and analysis on a range of key health sector topics, from digital transformation to navigating post-pandemic challenges.


View all videos
National Health Executive Presents

National Health Executive Presents

NHE365 Virtual Events

NHE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of healthcare services. Over 365 days you'll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with the knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

National Health Executive Podcast

Ep. 36
How interoperability can support the NHS's core goals
with Ed Platt

In episode 36 of the National Health Executive podcast, we were joined by Omnicell’s UK professional services director, Ed Platt, to discuss interoperability in the NHS, practical examples of where it can be leveraged best, the importance of the health service's digital transformation journey and more.

More articles...

View all