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Beacon Hospital Announces Multidisciplinary Robotic Assisted Surgery

  • High spec surgical robot to assist surgeons across urology, gynaecology, cardiac thoracic, colorectal and general surgery.
  • Robotic assistant facilitates the highest possible precision in surgery and quicker recovery time for patients.
  • da Vinci robot system has treated 3 million people around the world.

Beacon Hospital announces multidisciplinary robotic assisted surgery, the newest Robotic Surgery Assistant to arrive in Dublin

Patients undergoing surgery for a wide range of conditions at Beacon Hospital will soon be able to receive their treatment at the hands of a surgeon-directed and controlled robot.

The high spec da Vinci Robotic surgical system drives robotic arms and facilitates unrivaled precision in dissection through a minimally invasive access technique, promoting better outcomes for patients.

It is the latest in a number of advanced technologies to be announced at Beacon Hospital, following the agreement of a €20 million Managed Equipment Solution (MES) contract with GE Healthcare last November.

Surgical robotic assistants are most commonly used in prostate procedures, but this robot will be used by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons at the Beacon Hospital including urology, gynaecology, cardiac thoracic, colorectal and general surgery.

Mr Michael Murphy, Medical Director at Beacon Hospital and Consultant Urologist specialising in the areas of prostate and bladder cancers, said robotic-assisted surgery supports the best possible outcomes for patients.  “The da Vinci Robot is a phenomenal piece of equipment and we are very excited to be introducing it at Beacon Hospital. The robotic system gives surgeons a magnified, three-dimensional view of the area requiring surgery. It is the ultimate minimally invasive, key hole surgery, with greater precision. This results in less pain and scarring, and ultimately quicker recover times for patients and return to normal activity,” he said.

Mr Rob Flynn, Consultant Urologist at Beacon Hospital said that Ireland has traditionally lagged behind international counterparts in the use of robotic surgical aids and warmly welcome the introduction of the da Vinci robot at Beacon Hospital; “In the UK and the US, between 75% and 95% of prostate surgeries are carried out using robotic surgical assistants. It’s the most effective way of carrying out this procedure and is an important acquisition by Beacon Hospital for the treatment of prostate and kidney related cancers.”

The number of prostate cancer diagnoses at Beacon Hospital has doubled in the last year its Rapid Access Prostate Clinic uses world leading diagnostics including 3T MRI, TRUS Fusion Biopsy and MRI Guided Template Biopsy. Together with its world class radiotherapy family the introduction of the da Vinci robot completes the armamentarium of diagnostic and treatment options for prostate cancer at the hospital.

Mr Waseem Kamran, Gynaecology Cancer & Cytoreductive Surgeon at Beacon Hospital said the da Vinci robot has the capability to offer patients with gynaecological malignancies safer, effective and cosmetic friendly, minimally invasive surgical treatments with the potential advantage of faster recovery, minimal blood loss and minimal scarring.  As well as its established role in the surgical management of cervical, endometrial and selected ovarian cancers, da Vinci also offers a unique opportunity for the surgical management of complex benign gynaecological condition especially stage IV endometriosis. “Using the da Vinci robot in surgery gives surgeons significant advantage over the conventional laparoscopy due to enhanced dexterity, greater precision and three-dimensional visualisation. This provides a new paradigm in the field of gynaecology for emerging nerve sparing deep pelvic surgery.  The robot’s ‘tireless’ arms are also an invaluable assistant to surgeons, particularly during complex surgeries which can last anything up to 8 hours.”

The da Vinci robotic assistant has already brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. It will be available at Beacon Hospital before the end of the year.

Minister Simon Harris Officially Opens Beacon Hospital’s Newly Expanded Endoscopy Unit

Beacon Hospital invests over €34 million in new diagnostic equipment and world-class Endoscopy, Oncology and Urology Facilities

Minister Harris officially opens Beacon Hospital’s newly expanded Endoscopy Unit

The Minister for Health Simon Harris TD is visiting Beacon Hospital today to mark the investment of €34.2 million by the hospital in state of the art diagnostic equipment and facilities.

As well as a €14.2 million capital investment in new and expanded facilities in the areas of endoscopy, oncology and urology, the development plan includes a €20 million ten-year diagnostic equipment contract with GE Healthcare which will ensure that patients at the hospital will benefit from the most technologically advanced diagnostic imaging and scanning equipment available in Ireland.

In his first visit to Beacon Hospital as Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD today conducted the official opening of the hospital’s newly expanded endoscopy facility, which has received a €7 million investment. Four dedicated endoscopy suites have been fitted out with the latest endoscopic technology and patient management application. The facility will be used by screening and diagnostics, and is available to both public and private patients. More than 6,000 scopes (colonoscopies and endoscopies) were conducted at Beacon Hospital last year, and the expansion opened today will enable it double that figure in the next year.

Also included in the capital investment programme is a new 4,000 sq. ft., Cancer Care Day Ward which will see the hospital build its cancer care day unit services by 40%, and an expanded urology department with four dedicated procedure rooms where ambulatory, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are undertaken. Beacon Hospital’s urology team, one of the largest and most specialised in Ireland, carried out more than 5,000 procedures in 2015.

At the official opening of the expanded Endoscopy Service at the Beacon Hospital today, Minister for Health Simon Harris TD said: “I am delighted to be here today to mark this ambitious, visionary and far reaching capital investment and development plan. These new developments – which I am very pleased to visit today – the Cancer Day Ward, the expanded Urology Unit and the expanded Endoscopy Services, ensure that the Beacon can continue to meet the needs of its patients. These will help to accommodate the inevitable increased demand that our changing demographics will bring.  I wish you every success with your continued development and investment plan, a plan which continues to put patients and their care at the centre of all clinical decisions made, which is ultimately where they should be, whilst also meeting the needs of increasing numbers of patients.”

CEO of Beacon Hospital and co-founder of Beacon Medical Group Michael Cullen said; “We’re delighted to have Minister Harris with us today as we reach this milestone in the hospital’s history. Providing the most technologically advanced healthcare for our patients is a hallmark of what we do at Beacon Hospital and this €34.2 million investment will ensure that we remain ahead of the curve and that we continue to provide the best diagnostics, treatment and care available to those who need it.”

“Our newly expanded endoscopy facilities will allow us to provide 12,000 scopes (colonoscopies and endoscopies) in the next 12 months. Given the growing demand on this service nationally, this investment will help to alleviate the waiting times currently being experience by some patients for this critical service. As well as treating private patients, Beacon Hospital will continue to work with public hospitals in supporting them in the reduction of public waiting lists,” said Mr Cullen.

Chief of Staff at Beacon Hospital Professor Mark Redmond said; “Modern medicine is at the heart of our philosophy at Beacon Hospital. We strive to provide the best possible care, in comfortable surroundings. Our newly expanded endoscopy, urology and oncology facilities are now amongst the best in Europe and our commitment over the next 10-years with GE Healthcare will ensure that they are serviced with the most modern diagnostic equipment available.”