Spinal Cord Injuries News

Where there’s a will there’s a way!

Posted on in Services

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.

Students scale the heights for spinal injuries patients

Posted on in Fundraising, Hospitals

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.

Middlesbrough to challenge for 2016 Inter Spinal Unit Games title

Posted on in Hospitals

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.

Groundbreaking procedure uses remote control

Posted on in Hospitals, Services

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.

Glynis is outstanding

Posted on in Awards

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.

Innovative designs help spinal patient

Posted on in Services, Staff

When a cycling accident left Michael Bonney without the use of his arms, legs or lungs he was determined not to give up. Within just six weeks the managing director of Orange Mountain Bikes was able to operate an iPad using a purpose built mouth stick specially designed for him by the medical physics department at The James Cook University Hospital.