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Second key step for eye robot trial

A robot has been used to inject a drug into the back of the eye in a world first for the next phase of a landmark clinical trial at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital. Prof Robert MacLaren used the remotely controlled robot to administer a tiny volume of blood dissolving agent tPA under the retina to … Read more

World first for robot eye operation

Surgeons at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital have performed the world’s first operation inside the eye using a robot. Robert MacLaren, Professor of Ophthalmology assisted by Dr Thomas Edwards, Nuffield Medical Fellow, used the remotely controlled robot to lift a membrane 100th of a millimetre thick from the retina at the back of the right eye … Read more

“Bionic eye” to feature on ITV documentary

The story of a patient who was among the first in the UK to receive the world’s most advanced ‘bionic eye’ is to feature on ITV this month. Nikki Watson’s story will feature on “What Would Be Your Miracle?” on ITV 1 on Thursday, May 12 at 9pm. The 48-year-old, from Devon, was diagnosed with … Read more

Blind woman’s joy as she reads the time thanks to “bionic eye”

A patient who is the first in the UK to receive the world’s most advanced “bionic eye” has been able to read the time for the first time in more than five years. The moment Rhian Lewis, 49, realised she had correctly told the time is captured on BBC’s “Trust Me I’m A Doctor”, to … Read more

Bionic eyes give us a look into future of medical technology

BIONIC eyes, lung imaging and pregnancy apps were part of an exhibition revealing life-changing research taking place in Oxford. Members of the public had a rare opportunity to meet surgeons, nurses and clinical researchers who are building the next generation of clinical techniques to revolutionise medicine.The Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, based at the Churchill Hospital, … Read more

Surgery offers better survival rates for most men with localised prostate cancer

Surgical treatment offers better survival rates than radiotherapy for most men with clinically localised prostate cancer, according to one of the largest studies of its type. Researchers in Oxford, Stockholm, and the Netherlands compared data from more than 34,000 patients in Sweden over a 15-year period and found surgery offered improved survival rates, with greatest … Read more

Device keeps human liver alive outside body

World first: human liver kept alive and functioning on machine outside patient’s body World first: livers kept alive on device successfully transplanted into two patients Oxford University machine could as much as double number of livers for transplant Technology currently being trialled for first time with humans at King’s College Hospital in London In a … Read more

Royal visit to Oxford’s Churchill Hospital

The Duke of York visited the Churchill Hospital in Oxford today to mark the opening of the new building. The building, that includes an integrated Cancer and Haematology Centre, provides a base for many NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre projects. Chairman of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Dame Fiona Caldicott said: “We were absolutely delighted … Read more

First electronic retina implanted in the UK

Surgeons in Oxford are the first in the UK to successfully implant an electronic retina into the back of an eye. On 22 March 2012, Chris James became the first patient in the UK to receive this ground-breaking surgery as part of a clinical trial being carried out at John Radcliffe Hospital and King’s College … Read more

Oxfordshire patients to benefit from robotic surgery

The University of Oxford and the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust have acquired the latest technology in robotic surgery, the only one of its kind in the UK. The new £2 million instrument in the recently opened Oxford Cancer Centre will benefit patients undergoing keyhole surgery to remove certain types of cancer. It will initially be used … Read more