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Official Opening of £13.2m development of Leicester Vascular Institute including Hybrid Theatre
Press release date06/09/2017
Liz Kendall, MP for Leicester West will officially open the Leicester Vascular Institute and Hybrid Theatre on Saturday 9 September at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester. This marks Leicester’s Hospitals’ Vascular service move from Leicester Royal Infirmary to Glenfield Hospital in May. The move forms part of a £13.2m development of vascular services at Leicester’s Hospitals, including the development of a new hybrid theatre which will allow the team to undertake increasingly complex activity.
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The vascular service move will help us to deliver comprehensive integrated vascular, cardiology and cardiac surgery service to provide the best possible care to our patients with cardiovascular disease. This will improve the patient pathway, reducing clinical risk. 

Mark McCarthy, Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Head of Service at Leicester’s Hospitals, explains:  “This new investment in a hybrid theatre will enhance the care given to patients and will allow treatment of complex cardiovascular disease to be undertaken in a ‘state of the art’ operating theatre.” 

Robert Mason, Service Manager for Asteral added: “The hybrid theatre consisting of three ultramodern pieces of equipment was selected by the users vendor neutrally via Asteral’s Managed Equipment Service using the technical knowledge of Asteral’s Implementation and Technology team. Asteral and Leicester’s Hospitals also liaised closely ensuring large pieces of equipment could be moved from Leicester Royal Infirmary to Glenfield Hospital at the same time as the new equipment was being installed, thus keeping the service whole. Asteral are proud to be associated with this initiative which shows the value of the partnership between Asteral and the Trust.” 

Liz Kendall, MP for Leicester West, said: “I am delighted to be opening the new Vascular Institute and Hybrid Theatre at Glenfield Hospital.

“This new centre is vital for delivering even better care to patients from Leicester and across the East Midlands who are suffering from cardiovascular disease and I pay tribute to all the hard work and dedication of the staff who’ve made this possible. 

“I am looking forward to meeting the staff and patients and hearing about the positive impact that the new centre is having.”

The first patient to undergo a complex abdominal aortic aneurysm stent procedure in the new Hybrid operating theatre was Terry Kates. 

In April 2012 Terry was taken to A&E at Pilgrim Hospital with severe abdominal pain they thought was from his gall bladder, while examining him they discovered an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). At that time it wasn't large enough to operate on. In August 2016 it was decided the AAA needed to be operated on but after cardio tests it was decided Terry wasn't strong enough for open surgery.

Terry was referred to Mr Rayt at Leicester Infirmary to be considered for keyhole surgery. Due to the position of the AAA, normal keyhole was not possible. He was offered Fenestrated Endovascular Aortic Repair, also known as FEVAR. This is a minimally invasive procedure that allows surgeons to repair the aorta through small incisions in the groin and or arms while still preserving blood flow to the critical branch arteries to the kidneys and other organs. He had to wait for four months for a special stent to be made. 

After a change of medication and being seen by a cardiologist at Glenfield, Terry was admitted at the end of May 2017 and the operation was successful. 

Terry said of his experience: “It has been a very stressful time living with this for so long. From the moment we met Mr Rayt and his whole team we felt reassured. We cannot praise enough the whole vascular team, all the nursing and ward staff for their care and professionalism. We knew there were lots of risks but we had complete confidence that everything that reduced that risk had been done. 

“I am doing well and hopefully will continue to do so.”

The new hybrid theatre facility offers new training opportunities. In particular for the Imaging team, this is the first Hybrid imaging equipment within Leicester’s Hospitals. The schedule for staff training includes ‘mock scenarios’ to help establish the positioning of staff and equipment for different procedures. 

The new angiography suite has been designed to provide a tailor-made environment for the treatment and imaging of vascular patients. The suite has its own day-case unit which enables Imaging to provide patient centred care. The suite is also located close to the vascular ward which will assist in improved and integrated working between Imaging and the ward. The Imaging team have been working through projects to improve documentation and patient preparation and in turn improve patient flow, in collaboration with vascular surgery.

The new vascular studies unit is based on level 1 of Glenfield Hospital and will offer a dedicated patient reception and waiting area and two comfortable and spacious scanning rooms. The unit is located adjacent to the vascular ward, angiography suite and MDT room. Adjacency to the ward will enable rapid access for the assessment of vascular in-patients and patients admitted to the vascular assessment unit. Overall, the move will improve work flow and facilitate collaborative working between departments involved in the care of vascular and cardiovascular patients.


Media Invite:

Media are invited to the official opening.

Date/Time: Saturday 9 September 2017 

Location: Glenfield Hospital, Leicester.  

To attend: Please contact Paul.Millington@uhl-tr.nhs.uk in advance of the day to confirm attendance. 

Photo/video/interview opportunity: You may film on Ward 23 (Vascular) and in the angiography suite between 10-11am.

There will also be an unveiling of the plaque by Liz Kendall MP at 11:45am including speeches. Available for interview will be Liz Kendall MP; Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Akhtar Nasim; Clinical Lead Superintendent – Intervention (Radiology), Claire Maxim and one of our first patients treated in the Hybrid Theatre, Terry Kates.

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For any media enquiries please contact:
Paul Millington
Communications Officer
0116 258 8715
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