Reading and District Hospitals Charity


The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Berkshire was presented with the opportunity to acquire a Da Vinci robotic surgical system in the latter part of 2008. We need to raise £1.2 million in order to fund its cost.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 7 December 2009 to 11:59 PM, 11 December 2009

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  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Hospitals/HospicesHospitals/Hospices




There has been a growing demand for laparoscopic surgery in the UK in recent years. The robot is a major step forward in operating techniques allowing the surgeon to work though a tiny incision as well as offering a more precise tool for the complex operations in the fields of urology and gynaecology. At all times the robot is in the control of the surgeon who views the operation through an eyepiece, seeing the procedure in 3D whilst manoeuvering the arms with foot pedals and hand controls. Such technology does not come cheap, but, as a centre of excellence in operating procedures, it was decided that the Royal Berkshire Hospital should take delivery of the robot at the advantageous terms offered and put it to good use whilst funding its cost, through the charity, over the next 4 years.