Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) is the leading university teaching hospital in the West Midlands. UHB's Queen Elizabeth Hospital (expected to be finished in 2011) will replace the existing Queen Elizabeth and Selly Oak Hospitals. The £545 million investment will equip the hospital with the very latest medical equipment and devices to improve health services for Birmingham and the Midlands.

Queen Elizabeth's Mortuary (QE) is part of the Hospital's expansion. Brandon Medical have worked with QE Hospital to design and implement a bespoke medical system. Both standard post mortem and infected post mortems have been designed to incorporate the very latest in medical equipment.

The post mortem rooms have been fitted with Brandon Medical's Symposia® medical audio visual system. The AV system is mounted on a tandem ceiling structure. On one arm a high quality camera system captures images and videos from the post mortem table. These videos can be viewed by the mortician on a medically approved monitor. The captured images can also be viewed externally within seminar and viewing rooms. The secondary arm is equipped with Brandon Medical's Astralite HD-LED Theatre light. Brandon's HD-LED lighting gives the best colour rendition of any other medical lighting, allowing morticians to benefit from good quality lighting across the operating area. Decaying tissue cells become difficult to differentiate, HD-LED helps to distinguish between the similar coloured tissues.

Pan Tilt Zoom, room cameras have been installed in each room. The cameras can be controlled and operated by external users for medical teaching and training purposes within the Hospital. Live videos can be viewed from doctor offices and seminar rooms where trainee and junior doctors can observe the mortuary procedures. Each room is fitted with an intercom system, allowing live 2-way communication between the mortician and external viewing rooms.

The new mortuary allows those external to the post mortem room to share the same experience as those undertaking the procedure. The external viewing room enhances teaching and training opportunities within the Hospitals. The viewing room also allows those with disabilities and limited mobility to access images and videos of the mortuary room when needed.

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