A state-of-the-art Surgical Robot has been used in Northamptonshire for the first time this week to help improve care for patients and tackle waiting lists impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The University Hospitals of Northamptonshire NHS Group – which runs Northampton and Kettering general hospitals – has invested in the £1.7m Surgical Robot as part of its clinical strategy.
Mr Hemant Nemade is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Northampton General Hospital who will use the new robot to support cancer surgery for Northamptonshire residents.
Patients will also benefit if they don’t have to leave Northamptonshire to have a robotic-assisted surgery.
NGH’s Macmillan Cancer Nurse, Liz Summers, said:
The purchase of the robot also fits in with long term plans to make Northamptonshire a centre of excellence for cancer care.
Northampton General Hospital’s Chief Executive, Heidi Smoult, said:
The da Vinci XI Surgical Robot was installed in the main operating theatre at Northampton General Hospital at the end of February. Procedures will be available to appropriate patients from across Northamptonshire. It will be used initially in urology and colorectal surgery. Other areas such as gynaecology and head & neck cancer surgery will follow.
In the long term the plan is to increase robotic assisted surgery at both hospitals and across a wider range of specialities.
The investment in Robotic-Assisted Surgery supports the Hospital Group’s new Clinical Strategy which was launched on February 21. The strategy emphasises that both hospitals want to work together to improve care for patients across the county.
It will build on existing collaborations within Northamptonshire hospitals, and with their partners. Ambitions include establishing clinical centres of excellence in the county in cancer and cardiac care; becoming a hub for research and innovation, and developing new ways to manage demand and prevent cancelled operations.
The Group plans to ask local people for their input on the strategy at number of engagement events we are planning in the near future.