We held a robotic showcase at The Royal London Hospital on Thursday 4 October, to celebrate our successful robotic surgery programme and the amazing benefits this brings to our patients. Our Da Vinci Xi Robot is being shared by surgeons from across five teams; Gynae-Oncology, Colorectal, Urology, Ear Nose and Throat and Hepatobiliary, with a plan for the renal transplant team to join the robotic programme later in the year.
The robot was on display throughout the day in the Stepney Way Atrium and open for all our staff and patients to test their skills! We had patients as young as 7 year old Elliott, pictured, who was able to complete our Operation Game in record time… could he be our youngest ever recruit? The fun didn’t stop there, as we kicked off the afternoon events with a challenge: representatives from each division were invited to take on Lucie Butler, Director of Nursing, to see if they could beat her score on the robot. What were the final scores...?
Lucie managed 11 rings in our two minute timed challenge, with Phil – a Paediatric Service Manager also getting 11. Next up was Aasim from 3D, who set a new high of 15. Tensions were running high! Up next was Natalie, a nursing assistant, who had the crowd on the edge of their seats when she hit the high score of 15! Last but by no means least, was Aadila, a GP trainee at our hospital, who took to the stage…
Aadila managed to get a whopping 17 rings balanced during the challenge, and took home the victory! Rumours are already swirling on social media that the gynae-oncology team are eyeballing her for some future training during her next rotation. Watch this space! Well done Aadila, and thank you to everyone who took part.
The festivities carried over in to the evening, where we held an event for our Trust-wide surgical teams, local politicians, commissioners and NHS leadership. We heard from Elly Brockbank, Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist, about the success of the programme at The Royal London, Steven Stamenkovic – a surgeon from St Bartholomew’s – about the the progression of their thoracic surgery programme, and Fiona Miller-Smith from Barts Charity about their support of such projects across our hospitals. It was fabulous to see so many of you there to support our teams, and we hope you enjoyed the event.
The team are not far from achieving the 500 case milestone, watch this space for future celebrations!