Hospital Charity funds anaesthetic simulator

An epidural training simulator has been purchased by the N&N Hospitals Charity to benefit staff and patients in the Anaesthetic department.

The simulator models the lower back in silicone which is cast around plastic anatomy to form an exact copy of the human body. It can be used for training of a range of procedures, including a spinal block (injections of medicines that block pain from specific nerves which can be used for pain relief) and a spinal catheter which is placed into the epidural space of the spine and left in place for a period of time.

The simulator is not only a useful way to teach anaesthetists, but also allows for more experienced staff to maintain their skills with practice, being able to perform procedures in many different conditions.

Dr Siddharth Adyanthaya, Lead Consultant for Obstetric Anaesthesia, said of the £3,650 grant: “We are grateful to the N&N Hospitals Charity in helping us procure the Genesis Epidural-Spinal Injection Simulator. It is a valuable teaching and training tool that will help many anaesthetists to practise and hone their skills in a safe environment and, in the process, make the management of our patients safer and efficient.”

To find out more about the N&N Hospitals Charity and our ongoing appeals, please visit the charity’s website or email