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Ultrasound model to train surgeons from across the UK funded by Torbay Hospital League of Friends

Photo: League of Friends presentation

Published: 12 October 2021

South Devon Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Unit is extremely proud to start using a new ultrasound model, made possible thanks to the generosity of Torbay Hospital’s League of Friends.

The laparoscopic bile duct ultrasound model will be used for training surgeons from around the UK in this technique. The advanced model replicates body tissue and allows highly realistic training to be delivered.

Laparoscopic bile duct ultrasound improves both patient care and efficiency in the management of gallstone disease.

Over many years, South Devon Upper GI Unit has developed a national reputation for delivering high quality courses and forging the introduction of this new technology. The donation from the League of Friends will enhance the unit’s training offer and ultimately result in a better patient in experience.

Stuart Andrews, Clinical Director of Surgery at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This ultrasound model is an extremely valuable resource for training biliary surgeons in a new and effective technique, so the addition of this equipment will help surgeons improve patient care. We are extremely grateful for to Torbay Hospital League of Friends for making this possible with their kind donation.”

Patricia Roberts, President of Torbay Hospital League of Friends, said: “High quality training of the next generation of doctors is essential so the League of Friends was proud to be able provide this state-of-the-art training equipment. The donation will enable our hospital to build on the excellent reputation for training it already enjoys.”