Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital has announce that it is to double the amount of vascular surgery patients to be treated by staff.
Last month, the Oxford Regional Vascular Unit opened a £1.4 million state-of-the-art Interventional Radiology Suite.
For the last five years there had only been one suite for surgery on arteries and veins, and the new facility will double its capacity from 1,300 to 2,600 patients a year.
Interventional radiology works by using image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat certain diseases.
Suzie Anthony, clinical director for radiology and imaging at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, told the Oxford Mail: “New advances in technology enable interventional radiology to treat more diseases and conditions in a much less invasive manner than open surgery."
She added that this type of surgery would not only minimise the length of time patients spend in hospital, but would also speed up recovery times.
The hospital has already been under the spotlight in recent weeks, with its surgeons being featured in a three-part BBC Two show called Brain Doctors: Emergency.
Written by Martin Lambert
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