The Surgical Skills Training Centre (SSTC) was officially opened at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in June 2011. It is the first of its kind in sub Saharan Africa, providing African and local surgeons and physicians the opportunity to train in foundations of endoscopic (minimally invase/ keyhole) surgery, advanced paediatric MIS and other clinically important skills. The Centre will be used for those training in specialities other than surgery too, such as local anaesthesia workshops, basic surgical skills courses for medical students and junior registrars, and lumber punctures and venous access techniques. The Centre was built as a multi-functional area to maximise its usage.
With the new Operating Theatre Complex at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, the 9-station surgical skills training centre linked to this facility is ideally placed to advance multi-disciplinary endoscopic surgery skills locally and continentally. Total building costs were just over R9.4 million. Equipment cost R10 million but was generously donated by Karl Storz, a German manufacturer of endoscopic equipment.