Dorset patients to benefit from incredible gift of world-leading robotic cancer treatment
Patients throughout Dorset are set to benefit following a
huge £3.5m gift to Poole Hospital. The donation is for the
specific purchase of a state-of-the-art surgical robot system and
has been given to the Trust by Robert Braithwaite CBE DL, founder
of Sunseeker International.
The new da Vinci surgical robot system will
enable the latest advanced keyhole surgery techniques to be used to
treat a range of conditions. The patients at Poole Hospital
will be the first in the UK to benefit from this system. It will be
used initially to treat patients with rectal cancer, before
increasing its scope to include gynaecological, and head and neck
cancers. Future plans will include the treatment of non-cancerous
conditions, such as endometriosis.
Mr Tas Qureshi, consultant colorectal surgeon
and lead for laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery at Poole Hospital, is
one of the UK’s leading surgeons in this discipline, training
surgeons from across the UK and abroad in the technique.
“This incredible gesture will directly benefit
a significant number of patients every year, and allow us to
provide the latest surgical treatment for cancer on a par with the
best cancer centres in the world.” he said.
“The introduction of the robot will mean
surgical instruments with a greater range of movement and allow
easier access to areas difficult to reach with traditional key hole
surgery. Coupled with the high definition, three dimensional views,
the result is much greater precision during surgery and therefore
better targeting and removal of cancers. Ultimately this should
mean a reduction in the need for chemotherapy and radiotherapy as
well as a better quality of life for patients.
“As the designated cancer centre for Dorset,
this development represents a natural extension of the treatments
that Poole Hospital is able to offer to its patients, keeping Poole
at the forefront of cutting edge technology. We intend to
ensure this platform is made available to other surgeons across the
county by developing a Dorset-wide training programme that will
ensure that surgeons working in our hospitals continue to be
amongst the most skilled in the country.
“On behalf of the hospital, and the patients
that will benefit from this donation, I would like to place on
record our sincerest gratitude to Robert.”
Robert Braithwaite CBE DL, added: “Dorset has
played a huge part in my life. It has been home to Sunseeker since
the early 70s and many generations have worked with me to build our
marine brand into the most recognisable and successful in the
world. I am exceptionally proud and grateful to this hard working
team and the Dorset community who have always been very supportive
of our ambitions.
“Following successful treatment at Poole
Hospital for an illness this year I was able to learn from my
surgeon, Tas Qureshi, how advances in technology are really making
treatments more successful. In particular the da Vinci robot system
has been heralded as game-changing in the most sophisticated
medical centres around the world.
“I understand that its versatility will be
able to help many and make Poole Hospital a centre of excellence.
It is a pleasure for me to be able to give back to the community
where I can.”
Debbie Fleming, chief executive of Poole
Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, added: “The gift of this equipment
will ensure that for years to come, patients across the county with
cancer and other conditions will benefit from the very best
surgical techniques and latest state-of-the-art equipment.
“We’re indebted to Mr Braithwaite for this
incredibly generous gift.”
The Trust took delivery of the robot earlier
in October and, following a period of commissioning, will treat its
first patients later this year.
Date: 27 October 2015
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