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Pioneering robotic-arm assisted surgery at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

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The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham has today announced it is to further build upon its reputation as a pioneering centre of world-class surgical excellence by introducing robotic-arm assisted surgery for the first time.

The hospital, home to one of the largest and most respected specialist orthopaedic surgery units in Europe, has confirmed it has invested in new robotic-arm assisted hip replacement technology.

The advanced Stryker Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery transforms the way joint replacement surgery is performed, enabling the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital’s team of highly-trained surgeons to operate with even more accuracy.

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital will introduce the revolutionary surgery in its newly launched Woodlands Suite.

How robotic-arm assisted surgery works

Professor Edward Davis, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, said: “The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital has been pioneering care in the field of orthopaedics since its inception and this investment in leading-edge technology represents another exciting chapter in that story.

“With this technology we can provide each patient with a personalised surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy.

“Using a virtual 3D model, Mako allows surgeons to create each patient’s surgical plan pre-operatively. During surgery, we can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm to execute that plan.

“It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology to in our newly created Woodlands Suite offering state-of-the-art care to patients at every step of their journey through the process from planning to post-operative recuperation and care.”

Hip replacements in the UK

Osteoarthritis was the main diagnosis for primary hip replacement and almost exclusively the diagnosis for primary knee replacement during the 2016 calendar year, in 90 per cent and 99 per cent of cases respectively.

The Mako Total Hip application is a treatment option for adults who suffer from degenerative joint disease of the hip. During surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic-arm during bone preparation to prepare the hip socket and position the implant according to the pre-determined surgical plan.  In medical studies, Mako total hip replacement has been shown to be four times more accurate and reproducible than manual total hip replacement procedures.

One of the first people to undergo the procedure at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is Margaret Parkes, who is in her 70s and lives in Halesowen. She said: ‘I’m so pleased with how my hip replacement went. It’s only been 24 hours since the procedure and I’ve already walked and even been up and down the stairs. I can’t believe how little pain there is.

“Professor Davis and the whole theatre team were a great support and allayed any fears I had beforehand. The Mako robotic arm technology the surgeons use is truly fascinating. I would totally recommend this surgery to anyone.”

Professor Davis said: “We are proud to be the first NHS hospital to offer this highly advanced robotic technology in the UK.

“The addition of Mako to our orthopaedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community of Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond with outstanding healthcare.”

How you can find out more

 At present, robotic-arm assisted surgery is being offered to private patients but will in time become available to NHS patients. If you’d like to find out more about whether robotic-arm assisted surgery is right for you, please visit www.woodlandssuite.com

Young cancer patient raises £700 for ROH

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This winter, one of our long-term patients, Bethan has been hard at work raising money for the ROH!

Bethan was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a primary bone cancer over five years ago. She celebrated the start of her bone cancer remission on the 11 January this year by holding a remission party for 60 children. Her guests paid £1 to dress up, eat cake and have a fun games afternoon.

Bethan and her family have been busy raising money for our Charitable Fund including hosting various events from a pub quiz to a Christmas fayre.

Following treatment from our Oncology and Paediatric teams and other teams in the NHS, Bethan and her family decided to show their thanks and support by raising a whopping £25k for hospital charities in the UK.

The family have really appreciated the care and emotional support they have received and have been very complimentary about our children’s ward, including our Macmillan Nurses, Jane Forsythe our Sarcoma Specialist and our oncology consultant Professor Abudu. Bethan’s mum Lynne said;

“Professor Abudu is someone we trust implicitly and who has been fully involved with Bethan’s care from the onset and who takes a genuine interest in her life and interests. Seeing our daughter fight and survive bone cancer has changed us forever.”

After 5 years of appointments, consultations and operations we are pleased to say Bethan is now in remission! We wish her the very best for the future and we thank Bethan, Lynne and the whole family for all the money they have raised for our charity!

 

Find out more about how you can support our charity here: www.rohcharity.org

BBC documents pioneering surgery

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Our own Professor Phil Begg will be featured on the BBC documentary Surgeons: at the edge of life this evening on BBC 2 at 9pm.
 
Preofessor Begg is the Executive Director of Strategy and Delivery at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, but also an accomplished clinician involved with a pioneering clinical trial.
 
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The clinical trial is an NIHR feasibility study, looking at the development of a human grade implantable middle ear microphone, as part of a solution towards the development of a totally implantable cochlear implant.
 
Following almost 18 months of work, the team have implanted six patients with the device and are now looking at how well they do with it.

About the documentary

This groundbreaking three-part series concludes with the extraordinary stories of clinical trials being carried out at the surgical unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

Surgeons allow the cameras to follow as they venture into uncharted territory, performing new kinds of surgery on human subjects for the very first time. Tracking three clinical trials at the vanguard of medicine, the programme asks what it is like to take part in this kind of experimental treatment, for both surgeons and patients. For all involved, the stakes could not be higher. The surgeons relish the intellectual challenge and the thrill of pushing science forwards - but they know that reputations and self-belief are on the line. For the patients, there is the desire to benefit from potentially lifesaving new techniques and treatments - but also the risk of unpredictable adverse reactions that could even be life-threatening. As one surgeon says, 'Clinical trials wouldn't be possible if there weren't patients who were brave enough to take part and put their health and lives on the line. So we have a duty to make the trial as safe as we can.'

Find out more here

Notice of a meeting of the Council of Governors 17 January 2018

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Notice is hereby given to all members of the Council of Governors of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust that a meeting of the Council of Governors will be held in the Board Room on Wednesday 17 January 2018 at 1400h to transact the business detailed on the attached agenda.
 
Members of the press and public are welcome to attend the public part of the agenda which commences at 1410h.
 
Questions for the Council of Governors should be received by the Associate Director of Governance & Company Secretary no later than 24hrs prior to the meeting by post or e-mail to Associate Director of Governance & Company Secretary, Simon Grainger-Lloyd, Trust Headquarters or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Dame Yve Buckland
 
Chairman
Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960
 
Members of the Public and Press are entitled to attend these meetings although the Council of Governors reserves the right to exclude, by Resolution, the Press and Public wherever publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other special reasons, stated in the Resolution.

Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 10 January 2018

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Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 10 January 2018

The next meeting in public of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS Trust Board will take place on Wednesday 10 January 2018 commencing at 1100h in the Board Room at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Headquarters.

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend. The agenda for the public part of the meeting is available on the website.

Questions for the Board should be received by the Trust Board Administrator no later than 24hrs prior to the meeting by post or e-mail to: Trust Board Administrator, Claire Kettle at the Management Offices or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dame Yve Buckland

Chairman

Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960

Members of the Public and Press are entitled to attend these meetings although the Trust Board reserves the right to exclude, by Resolution, the Press and Public wherever publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other special reasons, stated in the Resolution

ROH services running business as usual

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Media coverage of non-urgent cases postponed across the NHS – ROH running business as usual

You may have seen in the news that many non-urgent operations have been postponed due to the widespread winter pressures faced by hospitals across the country. Please be assured that ROH is not affected by this decision, and all of our services are running business as usual.

Surgeons lend a hand in Sierra Leone

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Last month, a group of Birmingham hand surgeons travelled over 4,000 miles from Birmingham to Sierra Leone to offer their surgical skills to local people.

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The surgeons, who work at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and University Hospitals Birmingham, spent a week in West Africa treating almost 100 patients at The Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni, the largest city in northern Sierra Leone.

 

Hand and reconstructive surgery is very complex and operating in an unfamiliar hospital made it more challenging than usual. Despite the lack of resources and hot weather the team managed to perform 20 operations alongside the dedicated hospital staff.

 

The trip, which took six months to plan, was initially delayed by an Ebola outbreak. But with the support of a charity called ReSurge Africa and The British Society for Surgery of the Hand, the trip was a success.

 

Mr Michael Waldram, Clinical Director of Hand Surgery at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Northfield (pictured) said;

 

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“It was a privilege to work with cheerful staff at the hospital and to offer treatment to people who need it. They couldn’t have been more helpful and it really makes you appreciate NHS resources.

 

Our long term goal is to support the hospital to establish a surgical team. There is a lot of need in Makeni and we were grateful to offer help in any way we could.”

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Sierra Leone has limited access to healthcare following a 10-year civil war which devastated the country. The Holy Spirit Hospital was founded by a local Catholic Bishop in response to the absence of medical care in the region.

 

The charity ReSurge Africa aim to establish a reconstructive surgery and burns service in West Africa, through the training and empowerment of local doctors, anaesthetists, nurses and physiotherapists.

Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 1 November 2017

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The next meeting in public of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS Trust Board will take place on Wednesday 1 November 2017
commencing at 1100h in the Board Room at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Headquarters.
 
Members of the public and press are welcome to attend. The agenda for the public part of the meeting is available on the website.
 
Questions for the Board should be received by the Trust Board Administrator no later than 24hrs prior to the meeting by post or e-mail to: Trust Board
Administrator, Claire Kettle at the Management Offices or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Dame Yve Buckland
Chairman
 
Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960

Members of the Public and Press are entitled to attend these meetings although the Trust Board reserves the right to exclude, by Resolution, the Press
and Public wherever publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other
special reasons, stated in the Resolution