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Trust Consultant leads only UK team invited to perform procedure on global telecast

Prof Munavvar, surrounded by a few other medical staff, all wearing medical clothing, performing a medical procedure on a patient

A Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Consultant and his team were recently invited to be the only UK team to perform a live endoscopy procedure as part of a global training telecast for clinicians.

Professor Mohammed Munavvar, Consultant Chest Physician and Interventional Pulmonologist at the Trust, alongside Consultant colleague Dr Sharada Gudur and Staff Nurse Pretty Gaikward, performed the endoscopy procedure at Royal Preston Hospital, which was streamed live worldwide as part of a ‘Pulmonology on Air’ training event.

The event – over eight hours of live streaming of interventional procedures from top practitioners around the world - connected three continents, 15 hospitals and more than 20 physicians in a mission to create an educational impact with a global footprint.

Professor Munavvar and his team performed a Thoracoscopy with semi-rigid scope, which is a form of investigation to examine and take biopsies from the covering of the lungs, and was one of a number of streams telecast from around the world at the global event, filmed with the help of the Trusts Blended Learning team. It was moderated by Felix Herth from ThoraxKlinik, Heidelberg, the general secretary of the German Society of Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine.

Following the event, Professor Munavvar said: “It was truly a huge honour to perform a procedure in our endoscopy unit and interact globally on this live event, to share our experience with colleagues around the world.

“I am enormously grateful to our endoscopy and Blended Learning teams for making this possible, and to Pulmonology on Air for their kind invitation.”

The event was hugely successful, and was seen by physicians, nurses, and industry professionals from 136 countries, with a social media reach of 2,555,067 users.

The programme also featured procedures from; Australia; Japan; China; India; Germany; The Netherlands; Slovenia; Italy, USA; Austria; and France.

This stream was the second Pulmonology on Air event in a series of training, and it aspires to be a platform of medical education excellence, displaying the culmination of years of professional experience from trailblazing practitioners, while educating for the benefit of both professionals and patients, bridging everyday practice with innovation and new technologies and the latest in diagnosis and treatment.

It is an opportunity to see some of the best professionals in the world, while participating in in-depth conversations and contributing to the growing field of Pulmonology treatment.

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