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High-tech robots enhance staff training at Hillingdon Hospital

Date published: 05 November 2015 

A fantastic new state-of-the-art simulation centre was formally opened at Hillingdon Hospital at 12.30pm on Wednesday 4 November by Hillingdon’s Mayor, Cllr George Cooper.

The centre, established in a former ward area, is kitted out with the most up-to-date simulation kit available and is one of only a handful of its type in the country.

The brand-new training facility will enable staff to act out clinical scenarios and carry-out a range of clinical procedures with the aid of robotic ‘patients.’

The centre is kitted out with two ‘patients’ – known as high-fidelity sim models (robots) - that are as near to the real thing as you can get. Trainers control the highly sophisticated models from a discrete control room in real time and observe how the ‘patients’ respond to the treatment being provided.

The models can sweat, cry and even speak! Their heart rate, blood pressure and breathing are all responsive to treatment and they can detect if they have been given the correct amount of medication.

An advanced audio visual camera system has also been installed so that the clinical training sessions can be observed and recorded as events unfold.

The centre also boasts three additional teaching areas, with the most up-to-date interactive smart board monitors. These will enable trainers to interact with students and deliver information during scenarios, and provide real-time demonstrations simultaneously in the centre, at satellite sites and potentially elsewhere across the UK in the future.

Abbas Khakoo, Medical Director said: “We are delighted that the Trust has this fantastic new training facility that provides as close to a real life environment as possible. It means that our staff will be even better prepared to care for patients as they will have already experienced a broad range of scenarios and be able to respond quickly and effectively.”

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