A DEPARTMENT at the Conquest Hospital has opened a new state-of-the-art facility.
The Interventional Radiology (IR) suite cost £1.2 million, which included a £25,000 contribution from the Friends of Conquest Hospital, and contains the latest cutting-edge technology, replacing equipment installed at the hospital 22 years ago.
IR allows surgery to be performed using imaging, avoiding the need for open surgery. Conditions that can be treated in this way include aortic aneurysms, poor blood supply to the legs, collapses of vertebrae and cancers blocking the liver and gut.
As IR is minimally invasive, the majority of procedures are undertaken as day cases, with the patient able to return home within hours of receiving treatment.
The suite at Conquest complements facilities at sister hospital Eastbourne DGH, which opened four years ago.
Dr Mo Faris, consultant interventional radiologist, said: “We have six interventional radiology consultants and we’re very proud and excited about the expanded service we can now provide. No other hospital in the south east offers the range of procedures we now can and we’re also the only hospital where an IR consultant is available on-call 24 hours a day.”