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Monday, 13 December 2010

Hospital gets new microscope (News piece for The Herald)

Words originally for Plymouth daily newspaper The Herald, completed on a week of work experience in December, yet to be published.

PLYMOUTH’S Nuffield Health Hospital has installed a new surgical microscope as part of their programme of modernisation for eye surgery.

The microscope is the most advanced of its kind, incorporating new advances in technology to allow doctors to be more precise during micro-surgical eye procedures.

Consultant Opthalmic Surgeon at the hospital Mr Habib, who was handed the piece of state of the art equipment by general manager Nick Costa at an official ceremony on November 30, said: “The microscope uses a halogen light source which produces brighter details at lower levels of illumination resulting in improved comfort to the patient and better contrast to the surgeon, whilst protecting both patient and surgeon’s retina.”

The installation of the microscope at Nuffield Health Hospital, which has also seen a number of other new pieces of diagnostic equipment installed recently as part of their modernisation programme such as a 3D retina and cornea scan and an eye segment camera, was made possible thanks to a legacy donation from a patient.

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