Robotic surgery at the RUH

[Some of the RUH’s surgery team with the robot. Included in the photo are Chief Executive Cara Charles-Barks and Chief Medical Officer Andrew Hollowood.]

It’s amazing to think that operations in a hat-trick of specialities have now taken place at Bath’s Royal United Hospital using its new Da Vinci surgical robot.

The Trust carried out its first gynaecology oncology and radical prostatectomy surgeries earlier in July. This follows its first ever colorectal operation using the technology in June.

This means that the RUH now has three specialities that can operate on the people it cares for with greater precision, and perform complex procedures with minimal access, while ensuring the highest levels of patient safety.

This is part of the commitment that has been made across the local area to invest in the latest technology.

Great Western Hospital in Swindon has also recently completed its first robotic surgery, with Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust set to follow later this year.

Cara Charles-Barks, RUH Chief Executive, said: “I’m delighted that we can now offer robotic surgery to even more of the people we care for and I’m so proud of our teams who’ve worked tirelessly to make this happen.

“The fact that we have this cutting edge technology is not just great news for our community but everyone who works in our surgery teams – both now and in the future.”

The robot at the Royal United Hospitals Bath is being generously funded by its charity RUHX. There’s still a chance to donate. To find out how visit the RUHX website. To find out more about the difference surgical robots can make to patient care, watch our video.