£1.6m drive for Queen Alexandra Hospital robot gets cash boost

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A FUNDRAISING bid to buy a robot that carries out operations has been given a £10,000 kick-start.

The generous donation has come from voluntary group the League of Friends, who are based at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

APPEAL FOUNDER Mick Lyons who has raised �11m over the years for Portsmouth hospitals. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (120092-1)

APPEAL FOUNDER Mick Lyons who has raised �11m over the years for Portsmouth hospitals. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (120092-1)

As previously reported in The News, The Rocky Appeal has launched its latest fundraising drive to raise £1.6m to buy the ‘Da Vinci’ robot, which will revolutionise the way keyhole surgery is carried out.

The League of Friends chairman Jan Spear said: ‘This equipment will help save the lives of so many people in the area.

‘It would also mean surgery will be less intrusive and the robot will cut down people’s stay in hospitals.

‘People can have very traumatic surgery, but this technology would make the process so much better.

‘We have always donated to The Rocky Appeal because the things introduced to the hospital by its fundraising helps so many people, including my team of volunteers and their friends and family.’

The Friends raise money through various ways, including having a coffee shop at the hospital, a trolley service, donations and money left in legacies.

It is thought the new robot will change the way people have surgery – in particular those who suffer from cancer.

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 will be controlled by specially-trained consultants, and with the use of cameras will be able to locate tumours in places like the head and throat.

Mick Lyons, founder and co-ordinator of The Rocky Appeal, said: ‘We are very grateful for this boost in funds.

‘There is an awful lot of money we need to raise to get this amazing piece of kit.

‘But donations like this really help kick-start things and we are very pleased with the donation.’

For more information on the appeal, call Mr Lyons on (023) 9228 6487 or email mick.lyons@porthosp.nhs.uk


SPONSORED trial glider lessons are being offered to help raise money for the futuristic hospital robot.

The machine costs £1.6m and to help achieve this target, people are being given the chance to have a trial glider lesson on Friday, July 20.

The session takes place at the HMS Daedalus Airfield, Lee-on-the-Solent, pictured above, and will be monitored by the Portsmouth Navy Gliding Centre.

Up to 70 people will be taken up to 2,000ft with a pilot, where you will be able to see a bird’s eye view of the area for around 20 minutes.

Flights run from 10am to 5pm.

People pay £40 to take part and asked to raise £100 sponsorship, which will be donated to the appeal.

To find out more call (023) 9228 6487 or email mick.lyons@porthosp.nhs.uk