First Minister Carwyn Jones
visited Cardiff Met, where he was hosted by the PDR (The National Centre for
Product Design and Development Research) team and Morriston Hospital surgeons.
Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM’s visit yesterday was part of a Wales tour he was
conducting, PDR was cited as an example of progressive and innovative research
being carried out here in Wales.
A long-standing collaboration between PDR and orthopaedic and plastic surgeons
at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board has resulted in pioneering
surgery using techniques created by the Surgical & Prosthetic Design team
PDR’s latest surgical planning, computer aided design and 3D printing
techniques assisted Consultant maxillofacial surgeon Adrian Sugar with recent
surgery to rebuild a motorbike accident victim’s head and face. Mr Sugar is
Clinical Director at South Wales Cleft Service and Consultant and Senior
Lecturer in Cleft and Maxillofacial Surgery at Morriston Hospital; ABM
University Health Board and Swansea University.
Gavin Cawood, Operations Director at PDR said: “We were very pleased to be able
to welcome the Welsh First Minister to PDR.
“The visit was at the First Minister’s request, to see first-hand the work of
the Prosthetic & Surgical Design team, who had made headlines around the
world following this recent pioneering work using 3D printing as a key part of
reconstructive surgery undertaken at Morriston Hospital.
“Also present to welcome the visitors were Adrian Sugar and Peter Evans of
Morriston Hospital who, in addition to undertaking the surgery on this recent
case, have worked in close partnership with the team at PDR for 16 years.
“In addition to the focus on this recent case the Surgical & Prosthetic
Design team at PDR uses advanced manufacturing technologies to produce about
450 medical devices and implants for use in surgery in UK hospitals. The team
continues to push the frontiers in this field to both reduce costs and improve