Help us make heart procedures safer and swifter for hundreds of patients at Harefield Hospital

We are raising £70,000 to buy a 3D medical camera (or ‘endoscopic’) system called Einstein Vision. The name is appropriate, as its function is ingenious – it will help to make heart procedures simpler, safer and swifter for around 100 patients each year.

How does it work?

The technology uses state-of-the-art optical, electronic and mechanical technologies to give best-in-class 3D-HD image quality on a screen next to where the patient is being operated on. Surgeons say that it offers them superior 3D-depth perception and is a more comfortable way of performing this intricate type of procedure, which makes it quicker and safer. This means patients do not have to undergo open heart surgery, which in turn means they can get back to normal life far sooner. 

The hospital currently has to loan this equipment but we want to buy Harefield its own system, so that patients can permanently benefit.

Consultant Surgeon Toufan Bahrami explains the need for this state-of-the-art equipment:

We do more of these endoscopic procedures than any other hospital in the UK, but the Einstein Vision will make it quicker and safer, which means the patient can return home far sooner. We have to move towards more high-tech solutions and we hope that with technology like the Einstein Vision, this alternative to open heart surgery will become more available.

In his mission to find out more about this innovative piece of equipment, our very own Community Fundraiser Joe Dunster scrubbed up to observe Toufan Bahrami perform a heart procedure.

Instead of sitting down to take notes, Mr Bahrami brought me into a minimally invasive procedure to fix a faulty heart valve, so I could see the technology for myself. The Einstein Vision made the procedure fantastically clear on the screen. In turn, this made it far quicker than open heart surgery. Now that I have seen the equipment in action, I am determined to do all I can to raise the £71,000 needed to buy it, to ensure patients at Harefield can permanently benefit. I hope I can report back in the next edition of News Beat that we’ve bought one. 

We need your help to make heart procedures simpler and safer for generations to come. Please donate today.