This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 25/06/2018.
Astounding virtual reality technology used to treat Croydon stroke victims
Croydon University Hospital has led the way in innovating new NHS treatment.
Croydon patients will soon be treated with ground-breaking virtual reality technology.
Taking a giant leap into the 21st century, Croydon University Hospital will use the power of virtual reality simulators to treat stroke victims.
A study conducted by innovative staff at the hospital set out to help those who have lost mobility and independence after suffering a stroke.
In a ground-breaking move, virtual reality was trialled to help stroke victims and it was found to have a positive impact on their daily lives.
The immersive 3D virtual reality computer simulation, called MindMaze Pro, has been found to help patients recover faster from a stroke, compared to normal techniques such as encouraging self-dressing.
Their mental health has been found to improve too, with patients giving feedback to say they enjoy how the device makes it easier for them to work out when they are making progress.
A leading consultant has praised the novel and innovative treatment available to Croydon patients.
Dr John Chang, paediatric consultant and head of research at the Croydon NHS Trust, said:“Our research helps to improve care across the country and also means our patients in Croydon sometimes get novel treatments that aren’t available elsewhere.
“We know our hard work helps get potentially lifesaving treatments onto the market as quickly as possible.”