A unique kidney operation marathon, where three kidney cancer patients were operated on in just one day, has been hailed as a big success by the patients and clinicians involved.
On Monday 3 December, a multidisciplinary team from Basildon University Hospital (BTUH) and Mid Essex Hospital Services (MEHT) performed three kidney operations to remove cancerous growths. The operations took place at Basildon Hospital. One patient had both lung and kidney cancer. The nephrectomy procedures started in the morning at 9 am with the final one finishing at 5:30 pm. Normally, most surgeons would only carry out one big operation in a day.
All three patients treated have gone home in time for Christmas. They were operated on within 10 days of diagnosis. Two of the patients have already had their postoperative outpatient appointments and the third patient will be seen before Christmas.
Basildon, Mid Essex and Southend Hospitals will be merging to form a single NHS organisation. These multiple kidney operations demonstrate the advantages of the three organisations and various specialities working together to improve quality of service and patient care.
Consultant urologist, Mr Ramachandran Ravi, who led the team behind the operations, praised the benefits of collaboration and working together as one organisation. “What we have achieved for these patients clearly demonstrates the next level of excellence that can be delivered when we work together across our three hospitals. Clinical leadership, advanced planning and multi-disciplinary team working were all crucial components in the success of these operations.”
One of the patients, Anthony Steele, 34, was devastated after his diagnosis and considered opting for private care to speed up his treatment. Anthony said: “If I had paid for private care I couldn’t have had a better service or been treated with such care and kindness. The NHS is an amazing thing.”
Another of the patients, Miss Norma Collins, added: “People must know about the brilliant team here. Everyone has been so kind and caring. It’s good to know that I will be home for Christmas.”
The procedures involved a vascular surgeon, a thoracic surgeon and a urologist, all working together alongside a nursing team and anaesthetists.
Consultant urologist, Mr Martin Nuttall from Mid Essex Hospital NHS Trust, said. “These operations have shown that by collaborating and sharing our expertise we are able to use our resources much more effectively and provide patients with a much more efficient service. It’s great that these three are home in time to enjoy Christmas with their families.”
PIcture: Mr Ravi(3rd from right) with members of the Basildon hospital team