Angela praises the work of interventional radiologists at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital
Along with other local Members of Parliament Angela recently visited the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield today to see first-hand the innovative treatments delivered by Sheffield’s world-class interventional radiology team.
Angela, Clive Betts MP and Gill Furniss MP visited the Hospital’s interventional radiology department to see first-hand how treatments using image-guided surgery save lives and money in the NHS.
They met with Consultant Radiologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and President of the British Society for Interventional Radiology, Dr Trevor Cleveland and the expert interventional radiology team to learn more about the state-of-the-art treatments available to Sheffield residents to treat cancer, internal bleeds and vascular problems.
Angela Smith MP said
“It was great to see such innovative treatments available to people in Sheffield,” adding that she was proud to see the city leading the way on innovation that improves the lives of patients.
Interventional radiology, also known as image-guided surgery, allows doctors to use high tech imaging equipment to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system in the body without the need to use open surgery or laparoscopic technique. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which runs the Northern General has one of the finest specialist interventional radiology teams in the country.
Image-guided surgery plays an increasingly important role in how the NHS delivers care as more patients require minimally invasive procedures to address complex problems. The four Labour MPs heard from Dr Cleveland about the medical speciality and the groundbreaking services provided at Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
The MPs were shown how, with the use of x-rays and ultrasound imaging, interventional radiologists can guide catheters through a patient’s body to pinpoint the exact area that needs to be treated. This technology means that a patient does not need to go under a general anaesthetic or have major surgery, meaning treatment is performed through 1-2mm incisions, patients recover quicker and it is cost effective too.
Dr Trevor Cleveland, an interventional radiologist at the Sheffield Vascular Institute and president of the British Society of Interventional Radiology, said:
“It was brilliant to welcome local Members of Parliament to the department and to show them the work we can do with image-guided minimally invasive treatments. Interventional radiology provides an alternative to open surgery which is less invasive, provides quicker treatment and recovery for patients. We hope this visit will raise awareness about interventional radiology and generate more support for this subspecialty that can do so much for patients and the NHS.”