Lifesaving equipment loan could be repaid

Da Vinci Robot press launch at Eastbourne DGH, 30/1/15.''(Still shot taken from the video) SUS-150102-090544001
Da Vinci Robot press launch at Eastbourne DGH, 30/1/15.''(Still shot taken from the video) SUS-150102-090544001

Money borrowed by a charity to help pay for a lifesaving robotic surgeon at the DGH could be repaid early.

The Friends of the Hospital took out an agreement for the Da Vinci robot which has been a major step in creating a Centre of Excellence for prostate cancer treatment in Eastbourne.

The charity now says that with a final fundraising push at a ball next year, it hopes to repay the loan nine months early.

The Da Vinci Cause Ball is on Saturday March 12 and tickets are on sale from this week.

It will be hosted by former England cricketer Ed Giddins who lives locally and is at the Winter Garden with casino tables, auction and raffle and live music as well as a three course dinner.

Organisers The Friends of the Hospital and the Rotary Club of Eastbourne say they are pulling out all the stops for the major fundraising event which will help them pay off the agreement early.

The Da Vinci robot has already successfully been used in more than 50 operations since arriving at the DGH earlier this year.

It is used in keyhole surgery using a greater degree of accuracy and precision, minimal invasion, shorter hospital stays, quicker recovery time and better outcomes for patients. Although the principle use is for patients requiring major prostate cancer surgery, in the future it may be used for patients with other pelvic and colorectal cancers.

Chairman of the friends Peter Nash said, “With a price in excess of £1 million it is not surprising the robot in eastbourne is the only one in Sussex and is enabling the DGH to establish a Centre of Excellence for such surgery and keep it on the medical map in Sussex.

“Fundraising has been exceptional thanks to the support from the Eastbourne population and so much so that the Friends group is confident the Da Vinci Cause Ball will be the final fundraising event to complete the purchase of this tremendous piece of equipment.

“We can only do this with the support of people and by doing so they will be able to say, ‘I helped it happen’.

For ticket information and details contact Peter Nash at peter.j.nash@btinternet,com

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