UK first for state-of-the-art theatre lights

October 2012

Spire Murrayfield hospital in Edinburgh has become the first UK Hospital to install the latest Berchtold F-generation LED theatre lights.  The state-of-the-art lights will be used in the full spectrum of surgical specialities, including urological, gynaecological, Colorectal and ENT.

This ground breaking design is the first operating light to combine a special freeform reflector with LED light sources. The effect is a theatre light, with full 160,000lux output, capable of a wide focus range suited to all types of surgery, providing a very homogenous and shadow free operating light.

Mr Cameron Martin, Consultant Gynaecologist Oncologist and Laparoscopic Surgeon said, ‘As well as open surgery which requires excellent visibility, I perform a great deal of laparoscopic surgery. The new theatre lighting system allows us to create an ambient lighting environment in theatre which does not interfere with our high definition laparoscopic screens. Conventional lights often need to be repeatedly turned on and off but the new system ensures patients receive state of the art theatre conditions whilst maintaining the benefits of laparoscopic surgery, such as shorter recovery times and less post-surgery pain.

Theatre nurse, Margaret Carrol said, ‘They’re great, simple to use and simple to clean. The suspension system allows fantastic manoeuvrability.  It’s easy to focus and direct down a narrow cavity. The ability to move round the full 360 degree angle really improves visibility during difficult surgical procedures.

Hospital Director, Mr Andrew Eadsforth said, ‘We’re delighted to have installed the Berchtold F-generation LED theatre lights at Spire Murrayfield Hospital. Our first priority is patient safety and ensuring best patient outcomes, so a system that allows improved visibility during complex surgery is essential.

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Theatre team leader,
Margaret Carrol with new lights

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