We are pleased to announce that the new medical director for The Gamma Knife Centre at QSRC will be Mr Neil Kitchen, consultant neurosurgeon at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.
Mr Kitchen has been a consultant neurosurgeon since 1995 and is currently the Lead Neurosurgeon for neuro-oncology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.
His special interests include brain tumour surgery, intra cranial microsurgery, trigeminal neuralgia, cavernoma and radiosurgery (Gamma Knife).
The Gamma Knife Centre at QSRC will be the 6th operational Gamma Knife in the UK and the second operated by Medical Equipment Solutions Ltd.
Unlike traditional surgery, Gamma Knife procedures do not actually involve the use of a ‘knife’ or scalpel and the skull never has to be opened up. It works by targeting a single dose of radiation precisely on the tumour and this minimises damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
Although the Gamma Knife technology cannot cure cancerous tumours in the brain, it can often prolong life and improve the quality of life for patients. In those with dangerous but non-cancerous growths near blood vessels and glands, it can be a life-saver.
Construction of the research facility in Queen Square – began in April 2012 and the centre opening is anticipated at the end of October.