THE John Radcliffe Hospital will feature in a BBC documentary this evening focusing on medical breakthroughs that have revolutionised treatments and changed the lives of many patients across the world.

The programme, 'How the NHS Changed our World: the John Radcliffe', will specifically look at the role Oxford has played in the advancements in neuroscience ahead of the NHS 70th anniversary in July.

From the research of Dr Thomas Willis in the 1600s to the latest pioneering surgery techniques used at the John Radcliffe and the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, professor Aarti Jagannath from the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences examines how the Headington hospital became a centre for excellence in the field.

The programme also looks at the 300 year old ties between the John Radcliffe Hospital and the University of Oxford.

Professor Aarti Jagannath said: “The hospital and the university are really well integrated which is a big advantage.

“It speeds up the process of research developments being transferred to the clinic, and also benefits from a large pool of patients who can take part in clinical trials.”

She added: “The benefits go far beyond the John Radcliffe with many of the procedures rolled out to clinics across the world.”

The show is on BBC One at 7.00pm.