Life-saving robot to stay at Cosham hospital after support from the community
A fundraising appeal which has brought the life-saving Da Vinci Robot to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, has reached its target of £2.4million thanks to the support of the community.
Money has been raised for this appeal through numerous fundraising activities and additional donations.
An anonymous donor also donated a sizable amount to the fundraising efforts, which has enabled the Rocky Appeal to reach its target.
Since the appeal began, the Da Vinci Robot has performed more than 1,000 surgeries.
The robot has revolutionised the surgical treatment for most cancers such as colorectal, prostate and bladder.
It leaves less collateral damage, lesser need for temporary or permanent stomas, less need for blood transfusions and reduced pain.
Early mobilisation and discharge allows cancer patients to get on with their next stage of the treatment and recover quickly.
Mark Cubbon, Chief Executive of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS rust, says the hospital is delighted the target has been reached.
He said: “I would personally like to thank everyone in the community who has supported, donated and given their time to help make this happen.
“We are humbled by the community support this appeal has received and are hugely proud to keep robotic surgery here at QA, to ensure our patients can continue to benefit from this leading-edge technology.”
The robot is operated when the surgeon sits in a console at the patient’s side. The machine enables more precise surgical techniques to be used, especially in small areas of the body.
Patients with a variety of cancers will benefit from not having major open surgery.