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Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy (WIMAT)

Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy (WIMAT)

Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy (WIMAT)

The Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy (WIMAT) 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, Cardiff.

Female students using equipment in laboratory.

The original objective was to create a state of the art postgraduate institution to oversee the training and development of minimal access therapy in Wales. From its beginning it was one of the first and best equipped laparoscopic training centres in the UK, and now in the twenty-first century it has become the busiest multi-disciplinary training centre in the country.

WIMAT is currently at the forefront of providing a wide range of postgraduate education and training for SHO's, SpR's and Consultants, which includes basic, intermediate and advanced courses in a range of medical and surgical specialties.

Mr Nick Carr, Colorectal surgeon (left) and Mr Jared Torkington, Clinical lead for the Welsh Laparoscopic Colorectal Training Scheme.

WIMAT is an all Wales facility, with courses being provided in conjunction with the postgraduate centres and clinical skills laboratories in both Wrexham and Carmarthen. Workshops in practical skills are regularly held at the postgraduate centres in Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport and Singleton Hospital in Swansea.

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