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Medical students will soon be learning how to operate surgical robots, virtual reality headsets and interactive anatomy stations when they undergo healthcare training.

This is because they will all feature at the Dundee Institute for Healthcare Simulation (DIHS) at the University of Dundee’s School of Medicine.

The facility opened today (September 20th) at Ninewells Hospital, having been developed by the university together with NHS Tayside and industry partners Medtronic.

Doctors will be able to learn both surgical and clinical training at the single-site facility, as well as keep up to date with the latest medical technology with the help of electron beam welding, transforming the lives of patients.

Chief medical officer for Scotland Dr Catherine Calderwood said: “This exciting development provides a safe environment for healthcare professionals to learn and rehearse both technical and non-technical healthcare skills, which will ultimately lead to better outcomes for patients.”

She added that the new centre “has the potential to make a significant impact locally, nationally and internationally”.

Co-director of the DIHS Dr Neil Harrison added that the centre will help Scotland maintain its position as “one of the world’s top providers of medical education”.

Technology is growing increasingly important in medical care, and health secretary Matt Hancock recently told BBC’s Newsbeat the NHS needs more apps to improve its communication with patients, make the service more convenient for the public and to make “doctors’ and nurses’ lives … easier”.