LRI institute is launched

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A new institute for learning, research and innovation will be showcased at The James Cook University Hospital on Wednesday (21 October). The institute brings together a full range of research, teaching, development, training and innovation facilities into one ‘hub’ with the ambition to grow and become a regional, national and international leader in its field. Among the guests on ‘launch day’ will be patient Shannon Barstow,

A global first and second for South Tees

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South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has recruited the first two patients in the world for a major commercial research trial. The world-wide study aims to compare the safety and effectiveness of two different sealants that are used in neurosurgery. Comparison of the two products and analysis of their use in helping to reduce the incidence of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage could be beneficial for future patient care.

Trust seeking patients for ‘memory’ trial

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Clinicians at The James Cook University Hospital are hoping to recruit patients to a new study investigating the benefits of rehabilitation in brain injury-associated memory loss. The Middlesbrough site is one of nine in the country looking to test the effectiveness of a new memory-specific rehabilitation programme for patients affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Shoulder fracture trial could secure considerable savings for NHS

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A five-year study led by a Middlesbrough surgeon to determine the best treatment for a broken shoulder – surgery versus no surgery – could lead to significant financial savings. Together with researchers from Teesside University and the University of York, Professor Amar Rangan, clinical professor in trauma and orthopaedic surgery at The James Cook University Hospital, secured over £1.25m funding to lead the largest randomised clinical trial to-date on shoulder fractures.

Hospital recruits 100th patient for heart trial

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Beatrice Tate has become the hundredth patient to sign up to take part in a leading-edge heart valve trial at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. Funded by the National Institute of Healthcare Research, the MAVRIC trial is a £250,000 research project comparing keyhole surgery to conventional surgery for patients requiring aortic valve replacements – the second most common type of heart operation.

Sharing best practice

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The radiotherapy team at South Tees have been sharing best practice with clinicians working at Karolinska Institute, the internationally-renowned oncology centre in Stockholm Sweden. Like South Tees, the institute has Linac accelerators made by Elekta and the purpose of the two-day visit was for the Swedish team to pick up useful tips and swap ideas with their Teesside counterparts.