Hybrid theatre opens at St Mary’s

A new ‘hybrid theatre’ integrating surgery and imaging opened at St Mary’s Hospital this week.  

The £2.8 million Hybrid Endovascular Theatre Suite in the QEQM building allows surgery and state of the art imaging to be undertaken at the same time in a single operating theatre. This means a team of vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists can work together to carry out endovascular procedures, treating problems with blood vessels without the need for open surgery.
Patients with major trauma will also benefit from the new theatre by allowing those with multiple injuries to undergo both endovascular and open surgery in the same place,
The project was supported by a £1m grant from Imperial Health Charity. Although the theatre was formally handed over to the Trust in April, due to Coronavirus (Covid-19) it only opened for use this week.

Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Head of Speciality for Vascular Surgery, Mr Colin Bicknell said: “This is a very valuable addition to our provision for our patients. It means we are bringing together a high performing multidisciplinary team and state of the art technology to provide very best treatments for our patients.”

Imperial Health Charity’s director of development, Hayley Pannick, said: “We were delighted to be able to support this very important project.  It is wonderful to see it now providing vital care and support for our patients.”