VIRTUAL REALITY IN HEALTHCARE

We were fortunate enough to visit the Horizon Centre yesterday, which is part of the South Devon and Torbay NHS Foundation Trust. The Horizon Centre, which is based on the Torbay Hospital site in Torquay, is an exciting innovation, education and research facility which adopts cutting edge technology including virtual reality.

The facility is a state of the art environment which allows NHS staff to explore new ideas and clinical practice techniques. The centre includes a number of fully equipped theatre simulators, including programmable mannequins and is a real benchmark for clinical research. Clearly, the use of Virtual Reality, as the technology becomes more effective and affordable, will play an increasing role in healthcare training.