CUHK-PWH Hybrid Cardiovascular Operating Theatre
Funded by a generous donation of HKD20 million by an anonymous donor, the CUHK-PWH Hybrid Cardiovascular Operating Theatre opened on 26 June 2013.
Mr. Anthony WU, Chairman of Hospital Authority, expressed his sincere gratitude to the donor, "The Prince of Wales Hospital is one of the three HA designated cardiothoracic surgery centres, serving 2.4 million population in the New Territories East and New Territories West. With this new cutting-edge facility, the hospital will be able to deliver higher quality surgical service benefiting not only patients with cardiovascular diseases, but also other disease types, such as neurosurgical and trauma cases. The extensive benefits of hybrid surgeries have been well proven. The new facility will further strengthen the hospital’s capability and role as a trauma and cardiothoracic surgery centre in the community."
|The new hybrid operating theatre has strengthened our competitiveness in teaching, research and clinical service.|
|Prof. Francis K. L. CHAN, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, CUHK|
Prof. Francis K. L. CHAN, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, CUHK added, "The new hybrid operating theatre has strengthened our competitiveness in teaching, research and clinical service. Our medical students and surgical trainees will have the opportunity to learn and master the state-of-the-art surgical technology."
Traditionally, patients with cardiovascular diseases undergoing operations like coronary artery bypass, valve repair and abdominal aneurysm stent may have to be examined and treated in multiple points of care in the hospital, including the radiology department for pre-operative imaging and the catheterization laboratory for percutaneous procedures before undergoing the surgery. Re-explorations are sometimes necessary after patients have been transferred to the intensive care unit. The new hybrid operating theatre integrates different technologies, offering real-time intra-operative imaging and computer-assisted instrument control to allow surgeons, physicians and interventional radiologists to perform all necessary procedures in one location. It can reduce healthcare cost and shorten hospital stay, while on the other hand enhance treatment efficiency and minimize the risk of patient transfer.
With the synergies between CUHK and PWH, the dedicated clinical teams have been committed to developing the best surgical care for patients and advance research of minimally-invasive surgery. They will continue to serve the community with the highest professional standards on education and caring practice, contributing to the advancement of health sciences.
The launch of the new operating theatre was marked by an opening ceremony on 26 June 2013. Officiating guests included Ms. Grace FONG Yin-cheung and Mr. Raymond YIM Chun-man, representatives of the donor; Mr. Anthony WU, Chairman, Hospital Authority (HA); Dr. LEUNG Pak Yin, HA Chief Executive; Mr. Edward HO, Chairman of the Hospital Governing Committee, Prince of Wales Hospital (PWH); Dr. FUNG Hong, Cluster Chief Executive, New Territories East Cluster; Prof. Francis K.L. CHAN, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK); Prof. C.A. VAN HASSELT, Chairman, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, CUHK; and Prof. Paul B.S. LAI, Chairman, Department of Surgery, CUHK.