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  • Unmanned robot surgery works in pig trial

    Friday 6th May 2016

    An unmanned robot has been used to stitch together a pig's bowel, moving science a step closer to automated surgery, say experts. Unlike existing machines and surgical equipment , the Star robot is self-controlled - it doesn't need to be guided by a surgeon's hands. In tests on pigs, it at least...

  • Smokers and obese patients are being denied NHS surgery

    Wednesday 27th April 2016

    Surgeons have expressed concern that patients in England who are overweight or who smoke are being refused routine operations - such as hip or knee replacements - on the NHS. Research by the Royal College of Surgeons found that a third of NHS areas in England are blocking surgery until people los...

  • Cancer surgery broadcast live in virtual reality

    Friday 15th April 2016

    A patient undergoing surgery for colon cancer at the Royal London Hospital has had his operation streamed live online, using 360-degree virtual reality video. It is believed to be a world first, and doctors believe it could revolutionise medical training around the world. BBC Click's Spencer Kell...

  • Bristol Hospital: Cancer surgery cancelled five times

    Tuesday 5th April 2016

    A cancer patient whose operation has been cancelled five times in Bristol has received an apology. Charlie Mashin, from Crewkerne in Somerset, was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus last October. In the last month, he has been scheduled to have surgery five times at the Bristol Royal Infirma...

  • Cleft lip surgery: Anger at proposal to close Edinburgh service

    Friday 18th March 2016

     Parents protesting against the proposed closure of surgical services for babies with cleft lip and palate are expected to attend a meeting in Edinburgh later. They are angry that the NHS is considering merging Scotland's two facilities, in the east and west, into one clinic based in Glasgow. Th...

 
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