Well done to Mr Colin Pierce on successfully completing the assessments of the European Academy of Robotic Colorectal Surgery (EARCS).
— Dara Walsh (@WalshDara) October 20, 2018
#ULHGPeriopConf Passionate delivery on the nurses role in robotic surgery well done Roland #mauratullyworkson @ULHospitals @hseie @colettecowan1 @MaireadOConnel3 @Johncalvincoffe pic.twitter.com/FNRoBUhHrl
— Michelle Cooke (@michellec1982jd) October 20, 2018
— Dr. Deirdre Mullins (@Dr_D_Mullins) October 20, 2018
#ULHGPeriopConf Robotic Surgery @ULHospitals is best international practice, equal access to robotic surgery is now available for all patients; positive patient stories very powerful @hseie @colettecowan1 @MaireadOConnel3 @Johncalvincoffe pic.twitter.com/AritGTbWwp
— Michelle Cooke (@michellec1982jd) October 20, 2018
— Antoinette English (@Antoine73420740) October 20, 2018
Dr Evelyn Asamoah Ampofo and Christiana Okantey were in Limerick as part of a University of Limerick (UL) collaborative agreement with UCC, Ghana. The visitors expressed a wish to see the Da Vinci Xi Robot at University Hospital Limerick as part of their visit and hear about the Group’s Robotic Surgery programme. In addition University Maternity Hospital Limerick welcomed the visitors to the maternity site, where they met with midwifery and nursing staff there.
Welcoming the Ghanaian visitors, Margaret Gleeson, Group Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery said,” We already have strong links with Ghana through Friends of Ghana, which is a partnership between UL Hospitals Group, UL, the charity Ghana Medical Help and the national health service of Ghana. In 2017, our work with Friends of Ghana focused on training primary healthcare staff in basic life-saving skills in the remote Upper West Region. This work will continue in 2018, and we were therefore delighted to welcome Dr Evelyn Asamoah Ampofo and Christiana Okantey here this week to get some insights into the midwifery and nursing care services in Ghana.”
Maebh Barry, Lecturer, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, UL said, “Our ongoing collaborative programme with UCC in Ghana means we continue to welcome students from the University of Cape Coast to study at the University of Limerick, we have two students here for Spring semester 2018. In addition, following a recent UL faculty exchange to UCC we were delighted to welcome two faculty members from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Cape Coast, Dr Evelyn Asamoah Ampofo and Christiana Okantey, with the aim of further exploring potential partnership relationships and with curriculum, research and scholarship synergies. We would like to express our sincere thanks to the UL Hospitals for facilitating the visit to UHL and UMHL this week where our visitors were able to see some innovations in healthcare in Ireland. “
Friends of Ghana group has been ratified by the Board of UL Hospitals Group and sees the realisation of the Group’s ambition to establish formal links in a developing country.
UHL is the first public hospital in Ireland to perform colorectal, kidney and adrenal surgical procedures using the Da Vinci Xi Dual Console Robot.
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Great having a visit from Ghana today to see the da Vinci Xi Robot Dr Evelyn Asamoah Ampofo and Christiana Okantey from the School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Cape Coast, Ghana and Maebh Barry from the Dept of Nursing and Midwifery, UL.
As ever Suzanne Dunne giving the impressive stats on the program and Fiona Sampson championing the role of nurses in robotic surgery.
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Amazing holographic 3D rendering of renal anatomy for the live surgical demonstration of a robotic partial nephrectomy in Limerick today @ULHospitals @WalshDara @benchallacombe pic.twitter.com/zZjF7t7XuW
— Rick Catterwell (@Rick_Catt) November 25, 2017
and the Surgeons View
A robot with four arms is now helping to teach trainee surgeons.
The Da Vinci Robot, which is being used at University Hospital Limerick, is controlled by a surgeon at a computer console.
It has several arms with tiny scissors and pliers, which make incisions in the patient’s abdomen.
A spokeswoman said the hospital live-streams the robotic surgical procedures from the operating room to its new clinical education and research centre.
In November 2016, it became the first public hospital in Ireland to carry out bowel, kidney and adrenal surgical procedures using the robot.
She said in the past year more than 110 of these surgeries, including urological cases, have been performed. The surgeon-controlled instruments are very precise, with no tremor, and can master movements not possible with the human hand.
Robotic surgical procedures are being live-streamed from the operating room at University Hospital Limerick (UHL).
The surgery was transmitted to the new Clinical Education and Research Centre (CERC) auditorium at UHL, as part of the educational component of the Group’s robotic surgical programme.
More than 100 Consultant Urologists, Colorectal Surgeons, Senior Registrars, Gynaecologists and health professionals from around the country attended the annual South West Urological Meeting at the CERC ,where an inaugural live-stream of a robotic surgical procedure took place.
The surgery was carried out by Consultant Urological Surgeon Ben Challacombe who is Senior Lecturer at Guy’s Hospital and King’s College London.
Mr. Challacombe said: ‘It is a great honour to come to UHL and demonstrate complex robotic kidney surgery using the new live streaming technology. I would like to thank the team at UHL for inviting me, the teamwork and professionalism of the whole surgical team here in Limerick is second to none.“
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