THE first £500,000 has been raised to keep a futuristic surgical robot at Queen Alexandra Hospital – but a further £1.9m is still needed to keep it there.
Thanks to donations from members of the public, businesses and organisations, the first payment for the Da Vinci robot has been met.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA, in Cosham, acquired the robot last May.
And in its first year, scores of procedures have been carried out by the high-tech equipment, which has provided better outcomes for patients.
Money to keep the robot in QA permanently is being raised by The Rocky Appeal.
Co-ordinator Mick Lyons said: ‘Part of the terms with the American company that has provided us with the robot was to pay them £500,000 by June this year.
‘I’m pleased to say we have met that and a cheque will be handed over to them.
‘But we still need to raise a further £1.9m in order to keep it at QA permanently.
‘It’s a fantastic piece of equipment that will serve the Portsmouth population well.’
As previously reported, the robot can perform keyhole surgery which means surgeons will be able to look inside a patient without having to cut into them.
The machine is controlled by specially trained consultants via a console and see inside a patient more clearly.
QA is the only hospital in the area to have the robot, and the only one in the country which is using it for five disciplines.
This includes colorectal, head and neck, urology and gynaecology patients.
‘We need to make sure we keep up our payments, and so we need people to continue supporting the appeal,’ added Mr Lyons.
‘We have a few fundraisers coming up and we are always happy to listen to new ideas.’
Tickets are on sale for a Musical Extravaganza night being held at the Kings Theatre, in Albert Road, Southsea.
Acts include Norman Wisdom impersonator Glenn Ford, the Military Wives Choir and the Royal Marines Association Concert Band.
Tickets start from £16, with money going to the appeal. Around 800 tickets are still available for the night.
To find out more about the event, go to kings-southsea.com
For more information on the appeal, call Mr Mick Lyons on (023) 9228 6487 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.