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2022 special project

The Friends of Eastbourne Hospital are fundraising to help purchase the
new Da Vinci Robot for Urological Surgery within East Sussex
Healthcare NHS Trust based at Eastbourne DGH.

The Da Vinci surgical system gives our surgeons an advanced set of instruments to use in performing robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. Our surgeons perform surgery with Da Vinci by using instruments they guide via a console. The Da Vinci system translates our surgeon’s hand movements at the console in real time, bending and rotating the instruments while performing the procedure. The tiny wristed instruments move like a human hand, but with a greater range of motion. The Da Vinci vision system also delivers highly magnified, 3D high-definition views of the surgical area. The instrument size makes it possible for surgeons to operate through a few small incisions. This allows for better patient outcomes due to minimally invasive surgery, and a shorter length of stay within the Trust.

Eastbourne DGH is the Regional Cancer Centre within Sussex and we have an agreement with University Hospitals Sussex NHS Trust to provide Robotically Assisted Prostatectomies (RARP) and Robotically Assisted Cystectomies (RARC). In addition we also have an agreement with Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust to provide Robotically Assisted Prostatectomies (RARP).

In addition to RARP& RARC surgery, the Da Vinci Robot allows us to perform Robotically Assisted Partial Nephrectomies, and Robotically Assisted Nephro-Ureterectomies. By using the Da Vinci Robot, patients get a gold standard of care, a better surgical outcome, reduced length of stay and it offers local patients top quality healthcare and expertise in radical treatment for patients with prostate cancer.

Patients come to Eastbourne DGH from across East Sussex and Kent to receive their treatment for Cancer. The Robot also attracts highly specialist Consultants to work with us and attracts Clinicians from overseas to train with our Consultants.

Since announcing the 2022 Special Project, we have occasionally been asked why we need another robot after only buying our first one some seven years ago. Quite simply, the first one has been so successful that after years of continuous use and successful treatment of hundreds of patients, it has finally broken down beyond repair. It is therefore vital that this machine is replaced to maintain the standards of excellence and the patient outcomes described above.

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