The James Cook University Hospital’s Spinal Surgery Unit has become the first in the region to use a one-step technique to fix spinal fractures. The advanced procedure involves using a special instrument to insert multiple screws into the back through the skin with small stab incisions to stabilise the spine. This takes just one hour and most patients are then well enough to go home the next day.
Spinal Cord Injuries News
Olivia Fairclough hit the headlines last year when she was left paralysed following a horse riding accident in Egypt and her brother Trevor launched a fundraising campaign to get her home. On hearing about Olivia’s situation on BBC Tees, Professor Stephen Bonner, clinical director of critical care, contacted Trevor and offered to help with the repatriation.
Adventurous students from Teesside University are taking on a mammoth challenge for The Golden Jubilee spinal cord injuries centre at The James Cook University Hospital. The intrepid students, aged between 20 and 35, are tackling the National Three Peaks Challenge – climbing the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland – Ben Nevis (4,409 feet) Scafell Pike (3,209 feet) and Snowdon (3,560 feet) – in 24 hours on 24 to 25 May 2016.
The Golden Jubilee spinal cord injuries centre at The James Cook University Hospital are set to send a team of eight patients to challenge for the Inter Spinal Unit Games title. Widely recognised as the flagship event for spinal injury centres across the UK and Ireland, the Inter Spinal Unit Games introduces wheelchair sport to recently paralysed people.
Spinal surgeons at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough have used remote control technology and a magnetic special rod to lengthen a young patient’s spine. Mr Raman Kalyan and Mr Waleed Hekal, who specialise in paediatric and adult spine disorders, performed the innovative procedure on 11-year-old Sarah Wascoe, who suffers from scoliosis – a severe curvature of the spine – for the first time on 5 September 2013.
Congratulations to senior trauma nurse Glynis Peat from Middlesbrough spinal cord injuries centre who has been named outstanding woman of the year at the women in spinal cord injuries awards ceremony. The brand new event launched this year by the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) recognises the outstanding women who contribute to the treatment and care of spinal cord injured people across the UK, as well as celebrating the achievements of spinal cord injured people and law professionals.