With the Paralympics taking centre stage the National Spinal Injuries Centre has reported an unprecedented level of media attention.
The centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital has a long and distinguished history as where the Paralympic Games were born through the inspiration of Sir Ludwig Guttmann.
Richard Burton, a spokesman for Bucks Healthcare Trust, said: “2012 has been a monumental year for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.
“It is absolutely right that the history of the Paralympics – and Stoke Mandeville Hospital as its birthplace – has been recognised.
“We have been thrilled with the level of national and international interest there has been in the hospital. We have had requests for media interviews and visits from all over the world including, Brazil, Japan and Canada.”
While the Paralympics have drawn a lot of the attention, the role of the centre has also been emphasised by a BBC drama recently aired, a stage show and a statue of the Guttmann being unveiled.
Mr Burton added: “This has been a great opportunity for us to showcase Professor Guttmann’s legacy in creating the National Spinal Injuries Centre and how far care for patients with spinal cord injury has developed over the past 60 years or so.
“The past few weeks have been really busy, but exciting, for the hospital. Staff and patients have loved sharing their stories and memories.
“Stoke Mandeville has well and truly been put on the map.”