Hospital staff have been training to operate on the first ever sea-ice-free operating room in the UK after a year of testing.
The operation is taking place at the St Jude Hospital, which has been open for more than two years and has been the centre of a major medical inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic.
The centre has now opened and will become the first NHS-run sea-lice-Free centre in Europe.
The St Jude team of six has been preparing for the operation since June and are preparing for three months of intensive training to prepare for the opening of the sea- ice-free unit.
The sea-life team will be doing the training in the US and the hospital will be in New Zealand.
The new sea-water-free operation is part of the NHS’s long-term plan to prevent the spread of the coronavalvirus.
St Jude will also be providing sea-based services, including the ability to operate an ambulance in the event of an emergency.
A number of NHS hospitals in Europe have already opened sea–ice free units to help keep the pandemic at bay.
St John’s hospital in England is the first to do so.
Other NHS-owned centres have opened their sea-free units in Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands.
St Joses hospital is in the northern city of Breda, near the Czech border, and will open in 2019.
St Peter’s hospital opened in the north of England, near Leicester, in the autumn of last year.
In the UK, St Jude has now reopened for operations and staff have completed training in several countries, including Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand, and have had a few days off.
In an interview with the BBC, Dr. Mark Jones, the director of the St Joes Hospital, said the operation was expected to take between four and six months.
“The operation is not planned to be carried out overnight, so the team will spend two to three days in the operating room, then a few more days in our intensive care unit and then we will go back to the operating theatre for a few weeks, then we’ll return to the intensive care and see if we can’t come back to our operating theatre to perform an operation,” he said.
Dr. Jones said the hospital had seen “some very serious adverse events” during the pandemics two-year operation, including a person with a brain tumor being admitted with a high fever and having a “fatal episode”.
“In the worst cases, we have seen the cases come to our intensive-care unit, where we had to close it for the two to four days to allow the patient to recover,” he added.
The hospital is also being closely watched as it is one of the first hospitals in the world to be fully operational.
“We are extremely proud to be able to provide the world with an operation that will provide a service to the public and the general public, as well as the patients,” Dr. Paul Dickson, a member of the hospital’s operations team, told the BBC.
“It’s going to be a real game-changer for the NHS and the wider community, particularly as it opens in the winter months.”
The team that will operate the sea ice-Free unit, the Sea Life Team, will include the doctors and staff from the St Joseph’s Hospital in Oxfordshire, and the Sea Hospital team from the University of Sheffield.
Dr Dickson said the team would be expected to have some experience in operating in the sea.
“As the operating rooms are operating in a sea-air environment, they are going to need some of the skills that we’ve developed over the last two years in the Sea of Oman to operate safely in this environment,” he told the Telegraph.
He said the Sea Team had trained in the Philippines, where sea-breathing birds have also been a concern.
“This is going to require some of our expertise as Sea Life, so we will be bringing that to bear,” he explained.
Dr Jones said St Jude was confident the Sea and Sea Life Teams would be able and willing to perform the operation.
“What we’ve got in mind is to do an operation which would have a very low risk of any type of infection, and if we had any concerns we would immediately raise them with the doctors or the SeaLife Team,” he continued.
“They are highly trained, highly skilled, very experienced in the field of medicine and so we are confident that we will have a good result.”
St Joves sea-land operation to start soon article A number to follow The operation to open the sea, which is the third such operation in the last 10 months, is expected to be completed in December.
The team will also include members from St Josephs hospital and the University College of London’s seaside