In July 2007, the Department of Biosurgery and Surgical Technology at Imperial College London created a virtual hospital in the 3D virtual world of Second Life and a series of ‘machinima’ documentary films to describe what healthcare of the future could look like. This is an ongoing experimental, innovative and efficient means of communicating complex healthcare messages as well as illustrating what healthcare of the future could look like. The design of the virtual hospital in Second Health is based on the principles and recommendations outlined in the recently published Healthcare for London: A Framework for Action.
Second Health is located in the SciLands, a specialised region of Second Life for Science, Technology and Educational applications. The Second Health London Local Community Hospital and Polyclinic are now open for you to explore.
Map of the Second Health London islands & the Second Health Hospital
Second Health Orientation Experience
Upon entering Second Life, your first stop will be the Second Health Orientation Experience. This area is designed to introduce you to the virtual world and show you how to operate your virtual self (Avatar). This includes how to move around, change your appearance, communicate with other avatars, view movies and manage objects stored in your personal inventory. You can also pick up a few handy items on the way!
The Second Health Orientation Experience
Second Health London Hospital
At the end of your orientation experience you will be teleported to the Second Health virtual hospital. Here you will be able to take an in depth look into the entire Hospital and its facilities. The tour includes movies, presentations and information specific to each department.