New surgery training centre 'most sophisticated in UK'

The BBC's Laura Bicker is shown around the Glasgow centre

A new centre is to open in Glasgow boasting of the most up-to-date, hands-on surgical skills training in the UK.

The Clinical Anatomy Skills Centre has been purpose-built with high-tech instruments for training in techniques like open surgery and keyhole surgery.

It will use bodies bequeathed to the Glasgow University donation programme.

The centre is a joint initiative between the university and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Ahead of Monday's launch, Royal College vice-president John McGregor said: "The Clinical Anatomy Skills Centre will offer the most sophisticated clinical and anatomical skills training in the UK.

"Professionals across the medical spectrum, from junior doctors to experienced consultants, will benefit from the centre."

The centre is one of only a handful in the UK that offers surgeons the chance to train with cadaveric material. Most surgical training is done using computer and video simulation or animal tissue.

Prof Anna Dominiczak, head of the College of medical, veterinary and life sciences at the University of Glasgow, said: "The new centre will provide unrivalled facilities and realism for surgical training, anatomy teaching and medical device development."

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