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New technology drives forward junior doctors' training

Posted on Tuesday 2nd November 2021
A junior doctor training for laparoscopic surgery

A junior doctor training for laparoscopic surgery

Junior doctors at our children’s hospital are benefitting from the latest technology to improve their skills for keyhole surgery.

Evelina London is the first children’s hospital to use this training equipment.

The device mimics keyhole surgery with an interactive experience of real-life surgery through augmented reality. Using digital surgical tools, trainees will be assessed automatically by the machine through 3D touch responses.

Hemanshoo Thakkar, consultant paediatric surgeon, said “We’re delighted that Evelina London is the first children’s hospital to receive this equipment. Having the latest technology for our junior doctors to train on will provide safer and more experienced care to our patients”.

All trainees will create an online portfolio of their development which trainers can monitor. It also allows them to record their training performance which can be reviewed at a later date.

Simon Filson, consultant paediatric plastic surgeon and education lead for Evelina London surgical services, theatres and paediatric intensive care unit, said: “Simulation is going to be integral to the way surgeons are trained in the future. We are very lucky to have such cutting edge technology.”

This new equipment is funded thanks to the supporters of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.