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Cutting-edge robotic surgery

With our support, robotic surgery equipment is delivering better outcomes for patients at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London hospitals.

  • Date: July 24, 2020

The difference we’re making

We’re proud to have funded robotic surgery equipment at Barts Health NHS Trust. The equipment is in use at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London hospitals, where it has helped over 760 patients.  Mr Kelvin Lau, consultant and lead for thoracic surgery at Barts Health shared: “The technology is a completely new experience for me and the clinical advantages are breathtaking. I am incredibly grateful to Barts Charity for making this possible.”

Robotic surgery has already brought many advantages for patients:

  • shorter stays in hospital – even patients undergoing major cancer surgery can be discharged one day after surgery;
  • less post-operative pain and minimal scarring;
  • fewer complications after operations, with patients returning to pre-operative levels of health faster;
  • reduced blood loss and less need for blood transfusions;
  • allows previously inoperable patients to be treated.

"It’s a small cut and you don’t feel any pain at all. I was home the following day, I walked from my room to the main entrance of the hospital. The healing process was very good, there was no pain.”
Julie, 62 from Plaistow. Julie was the first patient to undergo a hysterectomy by robotic surgery at The Royal London Hospital.

Helping a variety of patients

Over 760 patients have now benefitted from robotic surgery.  

At St Bartholomew’s Hospital, the robot was the first in the UK to be dedicated to cardiothoracic cases. At The Royal London Hospital, the robot is uniquely used across six different disciplines –  Gynae-oncology, Colorectal, Hepatobillary, Urology, Ear, nose and throat surgery, and Renal transplant.

Thank you to our donors for allowing us to support such valuable projects.

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