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News in Brief: Sheffield Teaching Hospitals uses Gamma Knife technology, Dorset Healthcare University launches digital mental health campaign and more – htn

It’s time for another news in brief. As always there has been plenty happening in the health tech community – join us as we take a look at some of the digital stories from across the NHS over the past days.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals uses new Gamma Knife technology

Patients at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are to receive treatment on the latest version of Gamma Knife, a machine used to treat brain tumours and other conditions in the brain.

Following the installation of the Elekta Esprit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, last week saw the first delivery of treatment.

The Gamma Knife technology uses “a focused array of intersecting beams of carefully measured gamma radiation to target lesions in the brain with sub-millimetre precision,” the trust state, “meaning that there is less risk of damage to surrounding healthy tissue and thus fewer side effects for patients.”

Julian Cahill, consultant neurosurgeon and clinical lead for the national centre for stereotactic radiosurgery, said: “We are proud to be leading the way with the latest Gamma Knife technology which we are confident will enable a greater range of patients to receive treatment here in Sheffield.”

Dorset Healthcare University launches digital mental health support for young people

Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust has carried out a recent survey that found over 40 percent of young people within Dorset do not know, or are unsure how to access mental health advice.

To tackle this, a campaign called ‘RUOK?’ has been launched by Dorset’s Suicide Prevention Group, using social media and other digital channels to highlight how young people can access mental health support in different ways. The signposted services are available through text, phone, online or in person.

The campaign will also direct young people to the new Dorset Youth Knowledge Hub, where information on mental health and wellbeing support is searchable by area and age.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals use new robotic colonoscopy machine

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust is using a robotic colonoscopy machine for patients who can’t have conventional colonoscopies. 



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