Secretary of State saves stroke ‘victim’ during visit to Anglia Ruskin University
Senior Government Minister Eric Pickles showed he has a steady hand as he ‘revived’ a simulated stroke victim at Anglia Ruskin University’s state-of-the-art medical science facilities.
Mr Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, successfully removed a blood clot from a 45-year-old “patient’ named Ken – a sophisticated simulator usually used for training hospital medics – under the watchful eye of neuroscientist Professor Iris Grunwald.
During his visit last week to the Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI) and The MedBIC at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus, the Brentwood and Ongar MP discussed the innovations that led to Anglia Ruskin being named Times Higher Education’s Entrepreneurial University of the Year for 2014.
The Rt Hon Eric Pickles said: “I was fascinated by the training procedure and very pleased I was able to ‘save’ a life by removing a blood clot, but feel any future surgery should be left up to the experts.
“I was very impressed by the facilities on offer at Anglia Ruskin University, which I know has excellent links with schools and students in my own constituency of Brentwood and Ongar. It is good to know a local university is providing such a wide range of hands-on training for students and experts alike.”
Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, said: “We are delighted that such a prominent Government figure took the time to visit our facilities and find out more about the initiatives and innovations that have made us the Entrepreneurial University of the Year.
“We are aiming to make a real difference to people’s lives with our research and partnerships, and we hope Mr Pickles enjoyed his time with us.”
Image: Professor Iris Grumwald and the Rt Hon Eric Pickles at the Postgraduate Medical Institute, Anglia Ruskin Univerity
We will be attending the Healthcare Innovation Expo 2013 at the London ExCel Centre. Here, we will be launching our business services package, which will provide a single point of access to all the resources needed to drive business growth and promote the adoption of innovation in the MedTech and Assisted Living sectors.
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Earl Howe, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department of Health, will formally launch the Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus on Tuesday 22 May, at a breakfast event held in the Churchill Room, House of Commons.
Chief Executives from three Essex councils explain how their joint-venture Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus sites will provide a major economic boost for the county and lead to community and patient benefits through the adoption of improved health products and services. The three sites – in Chelmsford, Harlow and Southend-on-Sea, Essex – will accommodate 1.7 million square feet of floor space for MedTech and ancillary businesses.