QUEEN Alexandra Hospital will be the centre for teaching European surgeons how to use a hi-tech surgical robot.
Professor Amjad Parvaiz, a surgeon at the hospital in Cosham, has devised a training programme for the firm that makes the £2.4m Da Vinci robot.
It means training will be paid for by the robot company, and the hospital will receive extra funds and should be in line to get a free upgrade for the next model which is out in September.
Prof Parvaiz said: ‘We’ve had aspirations at this hospital since we got the robot a year ago.
‘I have created a training programme to perform robotic rectal cancer operations, which has been accredited internationally.
‘This means surgeons from across Europe are coming to Portsmouth to learn how to use the machine safely and to its best ability.’
QA is the only centre for robotic colorectal surgery in the UK and one of six in Europe.
Prof Parvaiz was presented with a plaque to recognise his achievements.
QA has had the robot for a year and uses it in five disciplines, which are colorectal, head and neck, urology and gynaecology.
The robot can perform keyhole surgery and allows surgeons to look inside a patient after making only a small incision. It is controlled by specially-trained consultants via a console.
Prof Parvaiz added: ‘This training programme has brought kudos to Portsmouth, it’s brought recognition and status.
‘And it also means research projects will be funded here and patients will benefit greatly.
‘What I want to see next is for urology to come on board and aspire to be one of the best centres in the country.’
The robot costs £2.4m, and so far £640,000 has been raised through the Rocky Appeal.
Co-ordinator Mick Lyons said: ‘Funding this is like building a jigsaw puzzle.
‘Everyone who helps out is putting in a piece.’
To donate money, or to find out more, contact Mr Lyons on (023) 9228 6487 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org