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Hospital staff raise £4000 for surgical robot appeal

Staff in the urology departments at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have raised £4030 towards the trust’s Rory the Robot appeal at a charitable summer ball.

The ball, held at Chateau Impney in Droitwich on Friday 22 August, featured a three course meal, charity auction, fun casino and live music. Thanks to this contribution, the Rory the Robot appeal has now raised £25,000.

The Rory the Robot appeal is aiming to raise £1.6 million for a surgical robot to improve outcomes for patients undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer claims the life of one man every hour. In Worcestershire alone there are 2500 men surviving prostate cancer at any one time, with about 450 to 550 new prostate cancer cases diagnosed every year.

Urology staff decided to support the appeal because of the benefits it will bring to their patients. The technology will allow surgeons to remove tumours with more precision through five cuts around the prostate gland rather than open surgery. With Rory's assistance, patients will benefit from less pain, minimal blood loss, quicker recovery and reduced complications.

Mr Paul Rajjayabun, Consultant Urologist said “Our summer ball was a great way to promote the Rory the Robot appeal for Worcestershire's first surgical robot.

"I am delighted by the huge amount we raised but we still have a way to go.”

You can donate to the Rory the Robot appeal online at www.justgiving.com/rorytherobot, or by texting RORY97 + £amount to 70070.

You can find out more about the appeal at www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/rorytherobot.