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KPH gets equipment

Published:Wednesday | December 14, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) surgeon Dr Andrew Josephs shows Camille Williams, ward manager, Operating Theatre, and Ruel Rainford, KPH CEO, the workings of the newly arrived laparascopic machine.

The Gore Family Foundation, in collaboration with Neadene Tufton, formed a KPH Support Team in September and the initiative has already reaped rewards, facilitating the swift clearance, timely arrival and delivery of a laparoscopy machine, donated to KPH by Arbutus Medical Inc of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Arbutus Medical Inc works with surgeons around the world to develop safe, affordable and appropriate medical equipment for low-resource environments. The company works primarily to develop tools for countries where resources are limited and robust medical equipment is needed.

The newly arrived equipment allows for more advanced laparoscopic surgery by enabling the surgeon to see the internal organs more clearly during laparoscopy and, therefore, affords KPH the capacity to do more advanced procedures with a laparoscopic approach as opposed to using traditional 'open' techniques.

Laparoscopy benefits the patients, the hospital and the country. For patients, it means less pain after surgery and speeds recovery as their 'post-op' stay is greatly reduced. For KPH, it frees much-needed beds - currently used for post-op care - while decreasing a patient's bill, as less post-surgery medication is required.

The arrival of the shipment was indeed timely as KPH hosted the Caribbean Society of Endolaparoscopic Surgeons for KPH's inaugural MIS symposium last month, where the equipment was utilised for 'live' surgery. Local, regional and international expert surgeons (some of them former sons of KPH) operated in KPH's theatre while being streamed to an audience in the hospital's Henry Shaw Auditorium.