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Video South’s achievements – year by year

YEAR Achievement
 1973 Company founded; located in Southampton. Dealers for Sony, JVC, Hitachi pro video.
 1974 VS one of first 12 companies in the UK to sell reel-to-reel video recording systems. Studio cameras, CCTV.
 1975 Built TV studio at Bedford Place. Founder Member: Association of Video Dealers.
 1976 VS added professional audio systems to portfolio for installed systems.
 1977 VS added Panasonic, Philips, Barco dealerships. Relocated to 5 Kingsmead Square, Bath.
 1978 VS developed a range of furniture specifically for AV use.
 1979 VS developed ‘Medical Division’ for hospital monitoring and recording of procedures in operating theatres, gastroenterology and radiology.
 1980

VS system used for first endoscopic televised operation (TURP by John Blandy at The London Hospital, which became the 1st Blackwell video publication).

Imported Circon surgical cameras. First miniaturised video camera for medicine.

 1981 VS fitted video cameras to operating microscopes for neurosurgery (for John Lumley) and ophthalmic surgery at St Barts Hospital.
 1982 First conference organised by VS to demonstrate how live video can be used to teach surgery at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.
 1983 Installed first broadcast quality edit suite at VS’ headquarters in Bath.
 1984 Alistair Holdoway (MD of VS) voted Board Member of Association of Professional Video Distributors.
 1985 Video South Medical Television became adopted name.
 1986 VS conducted first transmission of surgery by satellite in Europe. Prior to this, private use of satellite for television was illegal in the UK.
 1987 VS showcase for first time the HD system by Sony. VS conference showed how live procedure demonstrations could be carried out by copper, fibre, microwave and satellite.
 1988 Invited member of Society for Minimal Invasive Surgery (SMIT).
 1989 Alistair Holdoway becomes Editor at Blackwell for the Journal of SMIT.
 1990 VS formed Medical Television network to transmit live education meetings to 60 PGMC locations; developed and produced over 60 1-2 hour programmes using British Aerospace’s facilities.
 1991 Added AMX touch panel controls to portfolio. VS system used for first live demonstration of laparoscopic cholecystectomy by satellite, UK and USA.
 1992 First networked touch panel control systems; videoconference project to demonstrate surgery. SMIT live surgical demonstrations by satellite in Dublin (John Monson, Ara Darzi, John Fitzpatrick et al).
 1993

Transmitted ‘Patients Charter’ interactive teleconference for Department of Health, via satellite, to 30 PGMCs.

Peer review conference – SMIT 1993 (Society of Minimally Invasive Therapy, Florida). The prospects for HDTV in MIT.

Alistair Holdoway contributed three chapters to Rob & Smith’s text book of surgery.

 1994

Published paper – ‘Using live television to teach MIT’; SMIT 1994

Equipped the new Raven Education Department at Royal College of Surgeons.

First networked videoconferencing between hospitals. Live broadcast of laparoscopic procedures at BSSG meeting.

 1995 Developed MATTU at Guildford and at Royal College of Surgeons. First use of videoconference technology to teach and demonstrate laparoscopic surgery in the UK.
 1996 Peer review conference – SMIT 1996 (Society of Minimally Invasive Therapy), Como.
Alistair Holdoway presented a paper with Miss P Dunkley (University of Dundee) on
the subject of a national network for teaching MIT by interactive television entitled,
‘Live operative links – A valuable teaching aid or waste of money?’.Storage, printing and multimedia uses of video images.
 1997

Winner: Videoconference Project of the Year;

Winner Education Project of the Year;

Platinum All UK Winner.

 1998 Contributed to ‘Transurethral Resection’ by Blandy & Notley, an important surgical text.
 1999 Added Tandberg (now Cisco) to portfolio of dealerships. Milestone in quality video-over-networks.
 2000 First videoconference project for cancer MDT using Tandberg.
 2001 Demonstrated videoconference ‘concept’ at ‘Cancer Services’ Collaborative’ UK meeting, Canary Wharf.
 2002 Invited Course Lecturer at Cranfield University ‘Telemedicine, Technology & Applications’.
 2003 Invited Course Lecturer at Cranfield University ‘Telemedicine, Technology & Applications’.
 2004

Invited Course Lecturer at Cranfield University Telemedicine, Technology & Applications.

AV Award – Nominated Installation Project of the Year;
AV Award – Nominated Videoconference Project of the Year (Education).

 2005

Designed and built Royal Society of Medicine’s 300-seat Lecture Theatre.

AV Award – Winner Videoconference Project of the Year;

ATA (American Telemedicine Association, Denver) 2005
Alistair Holdoway presented a paper on ‘Paediatric Telecardiology’

Cancer Care Improved by MDT meetings via Telemedicine.

 2006

Installed Sussex Cancer Network’s videoconference MDT rooms; six interconnected hospitals with touch panel control.

Installed SUPA (Scottish Universities Physics Alliance) with eight rooms across key universities for telepresence lectures.

ATA 2006 (American Telemedicine Association), San Diego
Alistair Holdoway presented a paper on ‘Telecardiology for Island Communities’.

 2007 AV Award – Winner Systems Company of the Year.
 2008 BS EN ISO 9001:2008 Accreditation for Quality Management.
 2009 Video South awarded one of the 10 places on the APUC framework for Scotland, as a specialist AV and VC supplier to universities.
 2010

BS EN ISO 14001:2004 Accreditation for Environmental Management.

ATA (American Telemedicine Association), St Antonio
Alistair Holdoway gave a presentation on ‘Eight years’ experience of conducting multi-centre case conferencing to the benefit of cancer patients’.

 2011

Completed the largest single project to date, for the University of Edinburgh, value circa £600,000.

Relocated to Lime Yard, Claverton Down Road, Bath.

2012 Installation of one of the largest systems in the UK for demonstrating cardiology procedures at John Radcliffe Hospital, was completed in 2012. This is used to support the popular ‘Oxford Live’ cardiac meeting.
2013 Installed significant upgrade to UCLH Endoscopy department for demonstration of live procedures. Full HD fibre connection to education centre supports the annual ‘London Live’ meeting.
2014 Selected by the Farr Institute for Health Informatics to install state-of-the-art video conference rooms in 16 universities including Dundee, Edinburgh, Manchester and University College London. This is our largest project to date, valued at over £1,000,000.

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