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Theatre imageOur state-of-the-art theatre suite has been designed to minimise infection and complications during surgery and ensure that patients under anaesthetic are monitored closely to reduce any problems. It is coated in elastomeric paint, which is easily wipe able and has a double door entry to create a sterile barrier leading into theatres which are under positive pressure to keep air borne bacteria out.

We have 5 operating theatres within the suite and each theatre is large and spacious. They are all equipped to the highest standards with piped oxygen, surgical air and power supplied via ceiling pedants to allow free movement around the patient. The operating tables are heated to prevent peri-operative hypothermia and multi-parameter monitors wirelessly link back to a central nurse station so that not just the anaesthetist, but also a theatre nurse is monitoring each case.

Scrubbing up for theatreThere is also a panic button in each theatre. Double LED lights allow good lighting of operating sites without emitting heat and drying out tissues during the operation and the orthopaedic theatre has intra operative radiography via C arm/carbon fibre table to ensure accurate implant placement and minimise errors. Access to digital radiography (X-rays), MRI and CT images is available on a monitor in theatre so these are always available to the surgeon.

There is a separate scrub and gowning area, and the kit preparation area and equipment are to human hospital standards to keep infections at a low rate.

There is easy access to the imaging suite if required and all animals are returned to the intensive care unit to ensure a safe recovery from anaesthesia.

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