West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (WHTH) in the UK has invested in two Versius Surgical Robotic Systems for surgical operations.

The new systems, which are made by CMR Surgical, will be installed at Watford General Hospital.

The Versius Surgical Robotic Systems will be utilised during a range of procedures including urology, colorectal, gynaecology, and upper gastrointestinal surgery.

Versius is designed to support surgeons in performing minimal access surgeries and help staff obtain specialist skills.

The technology comes with a modular design and can be integrated into existing workflows to optimise its usage.

It also noted that the robotic surgery uses a smaller incision that can reduce blood loss and expedite patient recovery.

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WHTH stated that the investment comes as part of its commitment to increase its robotic-assisted surgery programme. It is also said to be first NHS trust in the country to install Versius robots.

WHTH consultant colorectal surgeon Vanash Patel said: “We are very excited about welcoming the robots! Having two instead of one really kickstarts our ambition to become a centre of excellence in robotic surgery. Our surgeons will now be able to perform complex operations with the enhanced precision and control that robotics offer.”

CMR Surgical chief medical officer Dr Mark Slack said: “We know from previous partnerships that as well as providing improved patient outcomes through access to minimal access surgery, and a more comfortable quality of working life for surgical teams, an investment in surgical robotics like this will truly put WHTH on the map as a centre for excellence in health technology.”

Versius has already been installed as a key surgical tool in several hospitals across Europe, the Middle East, India and Australia.