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Off-duty medics join three life-saving liver transplant ops in 18 hours at the Royal Free

Hampstead hospital takes rush of 'super urgent cases'

09 February, 2018 — By Tom Foot

THREE life-saving liver transplants were carried out in a record 18 hours at the Royal Free.

Off-duty staff came in to work at the Hampstead hospital after donor organs suddenly became available. Two of the NHS patients were designated “super urgent” and the other needed a swift operation after a match was identified.

Surgeon Professor Joerg-Matthias Pollok said: “This has truly been a team effort from all disciplines involved in transplantation.”

Liver transplant co-ordinators Elaine Burrell and Katie Quist found the staff and consultant anaesthetist Sally Harrison and theatre co-ordinator Angeline Showniwa made sure operating theatres were available. Consultant surgeon Professor Massimo Malago, consultant anaesthetist Jackie Cooper and surgical registrars, Bettina Buchholz and Tom Hana went into work despite not being on-call.

Staff ensured that blood was ready for the operations and the porter on duty, Anthony Enrique, was transporting blood products and the patients to theatres.

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