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ROBO DOC: Watford General Hospital’s state-of-the-art robots to transform surgery

 Published on: 21st June 2024   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

Watford General Hospital welcomed visitors from across the globe to witness the introduction of state-of-the-art robots, which have already treated around 360 patients.

Last month, experts visited the hospital’s Robotic Centre of Excellence to learn more about how surgeons use the robots, the benefits of using them, and the training required to operate them.

The time patients must remain in hospital post-surgery has been cut to two days and the aim is for patients to be able to return home within 24 hours.

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has now invested in four robots, more than any other hospital trust in the country.

Vanash Patel, a specialist surgeon who leads the robotics programme, said: “We’re proud to be building a global centre of excellence for robotic surgery at West Herts and to offer patients the latest technology for treating cancer and other conditions.

“The future of healthcare will increasingly be about harnessing the power of technology and combining that with human expertise and care, to offer the best possible treatment for our patients.”

Photo credit: West Herts Hospital Trust

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