A RARE opportunity to tour an operating theatre and test out some of the latest surgical tools was taken up by more than 100 visitors to Stafford Hospital on Saturday.
Visitors were taken through a patient’s experience, from using the lift reserved for theatre patients through to the anaesthetic room, operating room and recovery area.
Surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and other staff were on hand to describe the procedures, including essential checks conducted to ensure the experience is as safe as possible for the patient.
Visitors also learned of advances in keyhole surgery, particularly laparoscopic bowel surgery.
Visitors met consultant colorectal surgeon Michael Hershmann and saw the hospital’s new high definition camera and screen, used by the surgeon during surgery.
A hospital spokeswoman said: “It was an excellent event and people were very interested. Some visitors came in before they are due to undergo a procedure themselves.”