Surgery robot back in action at Broomfield Hospital after coronavirus numbers ease across Essex
PUBLISHED: 09:46 14 July 2020
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Surgery robots are back in action, now that coronavirus case numbers have eased.
The Da Vinci X robots at Broomfield and Southend hospitals are used to perform life-changing operations in specialties including urology, gastro-intestinal, and ear, nose and throat (ENT).
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They were put on hold in March.
At Broomfield Hospital, many theatre staff were temporarily working in intensive care to support Covid-19 patients, and Theatre 17, where the robot operates from, became part of the hospital’s critical care unit.
Marielle Huddlestone, robotic lead nurse, said: “We’ve restarted colorectal cancer cases, urology, adrenalectomies, and head and neck ENT cases. We’re looking forward to increasing the number of cases and growing the robotic service again.”
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