October 19, 2020 2 min read

Donors Invest €2M to Deliver Robotic Surgery to Tallaght University Hospital


Tallaght University Hospital today, October 18th 2020, announced they had completed their first robot assisted surgery thanks to a €2m investment by our l Foundation. The patient has been successfully discharged home.  

The newly delivered da Vinci Surgical System enables surgeons to perform complex minimally invasive surgical procedures with precision and accuracy. Christened ‘Leona’ by staff, the robot allows surgeons to operate at high levels of precision without ever touching their patients. It will mean smaller incisions, less pain, reduced blood loss and a quicker recovery time for the patient. 

 The first successfully completed surgery was a Radical Prostatectomy performed by robotically trained Consultant Urologist Mr Arun Thomas.

 Commenting on the surgery Prof Paul Ridgway, Consultant Surgeon and Perioperative Clinical Director at TUH said “Completing the first robotic assisted surgeries at TUH this week is a significant milestone in our continuous efforts to push the boundaries of the provision of healthcare to our patients. We are fortunate at TUH to have several robotically trained surgeons and nurses on staff so we were able to get Leona working almost immediately on her arrival. Leona’s arrival is a major step forward in driving innovation at TUH and providing our patients with cutting edge technology to ensure the best outcomes from their surgery.

 Douglas Collins, Chief Executive of Tallaght University Hospital Foundation commented “Thanks to our generous donors and the support of our partners in Bartra Capital Group and Philip Lee, Tallaght University Hospital Foundation is proud to have delivered this innovative robotic programme known as da Vinci Surgical System for the benefit of TUH and its patients that brings TUH in line with leading hospitals internationally.  

 Thanks to the generosity of donors, TUH are now be able to offer an alternative option to open surgery and perform complex minimally invasive surgical procedures with precision and accuracy to over 200 patients annually, making a significant difference on how TUH will deliver excellent patient care.  We are thrilled to be in a position to invest €2m in this state-of-the-art medical technology that assures better patient outcomes and enhanced efficiency. A massive thank you to all our donors and supporters that continue to back our vision to radically improve the quality of care through healthcare investment”.

 TUH has a strong tradition of developing minimally invasive surgical techniques and pioneering Irish short stay and day case minimally invasive surgery, particularly in the areas of Urology, General Surgery and Orthopaedics. Initially Leona will be used primarily by the busy Urology service at TUH, with Colorectal Surgery and Gynaecology also using the new robotic system in time.

 You can hear directly from Mr Arun Thomas and Prof Paul Ridgway on the different Leona will make at TUH via this link.

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