Following extensive trials, the prestigious UK centre of ophthalmic education and research, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, has bought 12 of Anetic Aid’s powered QA4 Surgery Trolley Systems.
The QA4s were fitted with a specially developed Ophthalmics Head Section which has movement in three different planes in order to give surgeons and theatre staff maximum accessibility.
Operating as the Ophthalmic Division of the Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust, the eye hospital is Britain’s second largest postgraduate ophthalmic teaching hospital.
The trials involved Anetic Aid product specialist Mike Pritchett working alongside staff in theatre as they evaluated the equipment in a live situation. Said Mike:‘One of the benefits of the QA4 is that it is so versatile – we are also now finding that hospitals in the UK like it so much they that are starting to use the manual version of the system – the QA4M - in main theatres as well as just specialist day surgery units.’
One of the hospitals utilising the QA4M in this way is the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston. Senior ODP Tim Balderstone said that 17 of the trolleys are now in regular use at his Lincolnshire hospital. He added:’We don’t have a dedicated day surgery unit here, but we have day case operations in our main theatres. The QA4M has great advantages because of the minimal moving of patients – they go onto the trolley on the ward, they are anaesthetised on it, they have their procedure on it, are recovered and return to the ward on it. This minimal lifting and handling is good for the patient, and is also better for our staff.
‘Having started with day cases, we are now finding the advantages apply just as much for other cases where patients have a longer stay.’