Robotic surgery has arrived

Thanks to all your fundraising and support from the Scottish Government with a £1 million investment, Scotland’s first robotic surgery is now available in Aberdeen.

The ultra-modern robot which surgeons can use to perform minimally invasive surgery, will initially be used for prostate cancer cases but in the future can be used in cases involving bladder and bowel cancer.

The technology will operate from two theatres at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Richard Carey, chief executive of NHS Grampian, said: “This is huge recognition of the ambition of clinical staff and the board, and the boundless energy and enthusiasm of the UCAN campaign.

“Whilst Aberdeen will host the first robotic service, we will work closely with other boards and other centres to develop this exciting approach in Scotland over the coming years.”

There are currently more than 40 robotic surgery facilities in England and Wales – with four in the North East of England alone.