PIC © Sandy Young 07970 268944 Robotic assisted prostate surgery service launches for south east Scotland Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Scottish Government today (9 November 2016) launched a pioneering robotic surgery service for patients with prostate cancer at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. The £1.4m da Vinci SI Surgical System, which is operated by trained consultants, has already helped to save the lives of 50 men with prostate cancer since its introduction in July this year.  PICTURED the robotic machine. www.scottishphotographer.com sandyyoungphotography.wordpress.com sandyyoungphotography@gmail.com 07970 268 944

Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Scottish Government today launched a pioneering robotic surgery service for patients with prostate cancer at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

A pioneering new form of robotics-assisted surgery for men with prostate cancer was announced by the Health Secretary Shona Robison today at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital.

The technology involved tiny remote-controlled robots deployed by surgeons during keyhole surgery. It has been successfully trialled on fifty patients since July and is now aimed at treating 180 men from the south east of Scotland each year.

The new £1.4m service is part funded by The Scottish Government, Prostate Scotland and various health boards across the region.

PIC © Sandy Young 07970 268944 Robotic assisted prostate surgery service launches for south east Scotland Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Scottish Government today (9 November 2016) launched a pioneering robotic surgery service for patients with prostate cancer at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. The £1.4m da Vinci SI Surgical System, which is operated by trained consultants, has already helped to save the lives of 50 men with prostate cancer since its introduction in July this year.  PICTURED L-R  Health Secretary Shona Robison  chatting to staff nurse in main theatre Jane Barbour with the robotic machine. www.scottishphotographer.com sandyyoungphotography.wordpress.com sandyyoungphotography@gmail.com 07970 268 944
Health Secretary Shona Robison chatting to staff nurse in main theatre Jane Barbour with the robotic machine.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport said: “Robotically assisted prostate cancer surgery is a vitally important service for men as it has been shown to shorten the length of stay and period needed to recover following treatment. This enables men to go back to life as normal as soon as possible.

“This is why the Scottish Government provided £3 million pounds of funding for the purchase of robots in the north, west and, now, south east of Scotland. The launch of this service reflects the aims and ambitions of our cancer strategy, which include seeing a reduction in cancer health inequalities, an improvement in experience and quality of life and ensuring there is more equitable access to services and treatment.

“I very much look forward to when this service is fully up and running, improving the lives of all men with prostate cancer in Scotland.”

Robert Wilson, Chair, Prostate Scotland, said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Scotland. It is therefore great news that now men in the East and South of Scotland have access to robot assisted surgery for prostate cancer.

“Prostate Scotland welcomes this significant step forward in treatment options. We are very pleased to have been able, through our Blue Horizon Robot Appeal, to have reached our target of raising £2.8m to support robotically-assisted prostate cancer surgery in the east and west of Scotland, including towards the purchase of the robot for the service in the east and south of Scotland.

“Sincere thanks to all our supporters and donors without whom this could not have been achieved. Together with our partners the Scottish Government and the health boards we have enabled men in Scotland to have access to the most up-to-date surgery for prostate cancer.”

PIC © Sandy Young 07970 268944 Robotic assisted prostate surgery service launches for south east Scotland Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Scottish Government today (9 November 2016) launched a pioneering robotic surgery service for patients with prostate cancer at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. The £1.4m da Vinci SI Surgical System, which is operated by trained consultants, has already helped to save the lives of 50 men with prostate cancer since its introduction in July this year.  PICTURED the robotic machine. www.scottishphotographer.com sandyyoungphotography.wordpress.com sandyyoungphotography@gmail.com 07970 268 944
The £1.4m da Vinci SI Surgical System, which is operated by trained consultants, has already helped to save the lives of 50 men with prostate cancer since its introduction in July this year.

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