Prince Charles tries surgical skills

Britain's Prince Charles attempted some surgical skills as he opened the Surgical Innovation Centre at St. Mary's Hospital in London yesterday (29.01.15).

Prince Charles
Prince Charles

Britain's Prince Charles attempted some surgical skills at a hospital yesterday (29.01.15).

The 66-year-old prince opened the Surgical Innovation Centre at St. Mary's Hospital in London and was shown new inventions used by surgeons and teaching aids such as a digital touch-screen skeleton.

He tried out some tiny pincers to pick up chick peas and move them around and was fascinated by other technological innovations, such as an app used to measure children's breathing to help asthma, and a low-cost pop-up surgical theatre, though a new way of taking stool samples left him blushing

He said afterwards: "I was fascinated going around, trying to understand how you managed to create all these innovative inventions. My great great great grandfather, Prince Albert would have been very proud."

Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham - director of the institute of global health innovation at Imperial College London - was "delighted" to show the prince around the new facility.

He said: "We are delighted the Prince of Wales visited the centre.

"The NHS is under considerable pressure in meeting the challenge of shifting patient demographics, the burden of life style disease and financial constraints. Innovation through better technologies, processes and design can help address the challenges facing health care delivery globally."

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