£2 million appeal launched so more men can benefit from robotic prostate surgery

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

A £2 million charity appeal has been launched to fund new surgical robots so that more men with prostate cancer can benefit from cutting edge surgery.

Southmead Hospital Charity has launched the appeal for two new robots.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Every day more than 130 men are diagnosed with the disease in the UK.

Southmead Hospital is one of the largest urological centres in the country, treating thousands of prostate cancer patients a year.  It is also one of only five centres in the UK to specialise in robotic surgery to treat the disease.

Lead Urology Consultant, Anthony Koupparis helps Southmead Hospital Charity launch Prostate Cancer Care Appeal

The current robot in use at Southmead Hospital has helped save the lives of many men, but it is aging, and the charity has launched its Prostate Cancer Care Appeal to fund two new robots so that more men can benefit from the treatment.

Lead Urology Consultant at North Bristol NHS Trust, Anthony Koupparis, said: “Robotic prostate surgery is much better for men suffering with prostate cancer than traditional surgical methods.

“It’s more accurate, less invasive, causes less blood loss, and reduces the length of stay in hospital. Men also have much better long term prospects for a full recovery.

“Our team at Southmead are regional, national and European leaders for robotic surgery and the appeal will ensure we stay at the forefront of this technology.”

Donations to the Appeal will:

  • Purchase two new robots for the hospital to meet growing demand
  • Support the training of the next generation of robotic surgeons
  • Fund new diagnostic and treatment options

Peter Wheddon underwent robotic surgery at Southmead last year to treat his prostate cancer. He has since enjoyed a remarkable recovery and has gone on to qualify for a place on the GB Duathlon team and came 5th in the World Duathlon Championships in Spain earlier this year.  Read his full story here.

For more information about the appeal visit the Southmead Hospital Charity website.