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Behind-the-Scenes@UK's First Academic Health Centre NHS Trust

Monday 22nd September 2008 @ 18:15


Professor Stephen Smith, Principal of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London, and Chief Executive of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Now the largest Trust in the country, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is the UK’s first Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC).

Professor Stephen Smith, Principal of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London, and Chief Executive of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust welcomed more than forty Friends and their guests and told them about the reasons for this new development in the National Health Service.

Being an Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) means bringing together the delivery of healthcare services, teaching and research in a partnership whose purpose is to improve the health of its patients.

Friends toured:

  • the recently opened Simulated Operating Suite which replicates an operating theatre and will be used to train and assess staff in various medical fields including surgeons, nurses, paediatricians, anaesthetists and operating department assistants. Introduction by Professor Justin Vale.

  • the robotic system in the angiography suite where Dr Mo Hamady demonstrated how he used the machine early this year to carry out the first robotic operation on an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

  • Professor Lesley Regan introduce the St Mary's Recurrent Miscarriage Clinic, the largest clinic of its kind in the world and the Save the baby Unit which seeks to provide the integrated services required to tackle the problem of recurrent miscarriage.

  • Professor Ajit Lalvani showed the work of the Tuberculosis Immunology Group which under his leadership has been making great strides in the? screening, diagnosis and monitoring of TB infection.

After the tour friends and their hosts met up for a reception and to discuss the evening. Friends' Treasurer in thanking Professor Stephen Smith and his colleagues announced that Friends would like to make a donation to the Save the Baby Unit. A number of Friends offered to support this proposal individually and a £250 brick has now been purchased and is enscribed Friends of Imperial College.

Venue: Mary's Hospital Paddington