First Minister Carwyn Jones visits Cardiff Met 

10/04/2014

​First Minister Carwyn Jones, on his visit to PDR at Cardiff Met.

​First Minister Carwyn Jones, on his visit to PDR at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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 at PDR.

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 patient outcomes.”