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Issued:24/04/18

Ivan Phelan, a Research Associate in Games and App development at Hallam, and part of the team behind the trial at the University, appeared live on BBC One Breakfast talking about specially designed virtual reality games which help to ease patients pain when being treated for burns.

The trial is the first of its kind in the UK with encouraging initial results; patients involved in the trial, held in the burns unit of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals The Northern General, have described how the interactive and immersive world of VR provides a distraction for their senses which significantly decreases their pain whilst having their dressings changed, in what is usually an excruciatingly painful process.

Ivan has also been interviewed on 6 regional radio stations this morning including BBC Radio Sheffield [listen again from 08:35] along with 19 year old Megan from Sheffield who took part in the trial, describing how the VR game has helped her. She is currently being treated for significant burns to her legs. 

The story also ran across the news bulletins on several BBC radio stations including BBC Radio 1 and on BBC Online.

TV coverage continued on BBC Look North, which was also highlighted on BBC News Channel's Afternoon Live programme.

Ivan Phelan on BBC Breakfast
BBC Online coverage

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