A VINTAGE ambulance, humanoid companion care robots, blood pressure monitoring and research looking into how ice pops could help children undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatments are to be showcased outside Sheffield Cathedral on Thursday 5th July at a special celebratory event marking 70 years of the NHS.
The free, interactive event, which is being supported by Sheffield Cathedral, is open to adults and children alike, and will take place from 11am to 7pm. It is being held on the 5th July to coincide with the official anniversary of when the NHS was born on 5th July 1948.
Focusing on the past, present and future of the NHS, the event will bring together staff from Sheffield’s NHS, including from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation, Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, Primary Care Sheffield, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and medical researchers from the University of Sheffield.
On display will be a vintage ambulance loaned from Sheffield’s National Emergency Services Museum, informative stands highlighting medical advances in the treatment of diabetes, heart disease and other medical conditions, blood pressure monitoring, interactive simulations of how our body allows us to run, jump, hop, dance, skip, crawl, and squat, and meet with humanoid companion care robots.
The humanoid companion care robots are currently being used by the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) to aid communication for people with disabilities and support the development of other groundbreaking healthcare technologies.
Over the years doctors and researchers from Sheffield’s NHS have pioneered many new treatments which have since gone on to be used in every day NHS care.
This includes using radiation treatment to treat cancer in 1949 (four years after the NHS was born), the first ever transplant for a patient suffering with non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma, pioneering the Lizarov technique (a limb-sparing technique that treats complex and/or open bone fractures by using a circular fixator to lengthen limbs, 1985), becoming the first centre in the UK to use pill-sized cameras – tiny capsules swallowed to take pictures of the small intestine (2002), and most recently pioneering a new stem cell treatment which has reversed disability in certain patients with multiple sclerosis by ‘rebooting’ the immune system to a point in time before it learned to recognise the condition (2015).
In keeping with the city’s pioneering medical spirit, researchers from Sheffield Children’s Hospital and the University of Sheffield will be showcasing how keeping an ice pop in the mouth without it melting can give you ‘brain freeze’, helping blood vessels shrink. This sensation means that there is less blood flowing around the gums, with researchers hoping to use the effect to prevent common side effects of cancer treatments such as a sore mouth reaching children’s gums and mouth.
As well as offering members of the public blood pressure and ECG checks, NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group will be showcasing Dance to Health, a new, free health and fitness programme for older people at risk of falls.
Staff from Sheffield Health and Social Care Foundation Trust will also be on hand to talk about their Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and drug and alcohol services, with members of the public able to have a go on an interactive buzzer and jenga game while wearing special drink/drunk goggles.
A special carbohydrate challenge test will also be running throughout the day, with staff from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ diabetes department challenging visitors to order different items of food in order of carbohydrate content to highlight the impact carbohydrates have on blood sugar content and key decisions people diabetes need to make every time they eat.