WIMAT (The Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy) was opened in 1994 in Cardiff Medicentre, on the shared site of the University Hospital of Wales and the University of Wales College of Medicine. WIMAT is now under the auspices of Cardiff University and runs multi-disciplinary training courses across a range of surgical and medical specialties.
The WIMAT course, held at University Hospital, Llandough, trained higher respiratory trainees from hospitals throughout Wales and the UK on the role of the EBUS procedure; the Endobronchial Ultrasound.
The procedure sends a flexible bronchoscope tube down the patient's nose and into the windpipe. A small camera films the journey, and an ultrasound probe at the end of the camera sends images to an ultrasound monitor which enables the doctor to monitor the lymph glands that sit at the centre of the chest (mediastinum). A biopsy of the lymph glands can also be taken.
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Over the years, WIMAT's portfolio has grown to include courses in many of the surgical specialities and in the fields of medicine and radiology. The course provision is continually expanding.
Currently our comprehensive educational programme include basic, intermediate and advanced level course in:-
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WIMAT's in-house facilities include an up-to-date surgical skills training lab comprising 10 fully equiped training stations,with simulation models. WIMAT offers live links, when requested, to local operating theatres.
WIMAT is currently assisting with the development of intergrated surgical theatres across Wales. This will allow video streming and live links to be accessed by medically allied professions. WIMAT is working closely with satelite centres across the principality to develop specialist courses in both endoscopy and colorectal surgery.
As a regional training centre, WIMAT offers courses from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of obstetricians and Gynaecologists and hosts training courses provided by some of the world's leading medical suppliers. WIMAT also runs its own internationally acclaimed courses developed in Cardiff.
WIMAT's facilities include:
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Trainees can reserve a place on the course using the following link and the booking system.
The Wales Deanery's Medical Education Unit is offering the following one day courses on:
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The Wales Deanery is no longer signposting Skills for Trainees courses delivered by external providers. The courses provided internally will still be available. Please see details below;
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