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Pioneering surgeons Preetham Kodumuri and Edwin Prashanth Jesudason have been awarded the prestigious Sir Mansel Aylward Innovator Award by the Bevan Commission for their groundbreaking work in reducing waste and costs while improving patient care in surgery. The award, presented by Professor Mark Drakeford MS at the Senedd, recognises outstanding innovation and contribution to the Welsh health and care system.

The award-winning project refines standard carpal tunnel surgery and other minor hand procedures to significantly reduce waste and carbon emissions. This new approach, taking hand surgery outside of theatres has reduced clinical waste by 65% and cut the carbon footprint by about 80%, saving £35 per surgery – freeing up budget and theatre space for other patient care. If implemented across Wales, this new way of working could result in annual savings of approximately two million pounds and 1166 tons of CO2 emissions. Additionally, this innovation results in a shorter hospital visit for patients and frees up ward space for other medical procedures. This project was supported by the Bevan Commission as part of the Bevan Exemplar programme, which, to date, has supported over 350 health and care innovations in Wales.

Diolch yn fawr iawn pawb!

This project was a team effort from Bangor and Wrexham, and thanks to all those who helped make it a success. We hope to build on our success and promote our way of working to our colleagues throughout the country. Moving out of theatre for such cases is cheaper, better for the environment, and easier for patients and staff alike, without compromising safety.

Prash Jesudason

We are humbled and honoured to receive this award. With further support from the Bevan Commission through our Bevan fellowships, we are now focussing our efforts on streamlining patient pathways and engaging with industry to build a sustainable healthcare for the future generations.

Preetham Kodumuri