21 March 2013
An article on the UK's first live tweet from surgery during a gastric bypass operation by Mr Pratik Sufi at Spire Bushey Hospital has been published in the March issue of Independent Practitioner Today.
Written by healthcare communications specialist Felicity Knights, the article, entitled 'An operation on Twitter', explains the thinking behind the decision to tweet live from the operating theatre and reports the very successful results.
Mr Sufi explains: "In my experience, the majority of weight-loss surgery patients are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the procedure and understand the risks and how it will change their eating habits for life.
"However, there are always some who don't fully comprehend what this serious surgery entails. The live tweet took a complicated procedure out to the public, explained what was going on in non-clinical language and invited them to take an interest and ask questions."
You can read the full article 'An operation on Twitter' here