Robotic surgery resumes across the Trust
03 July 2020
Surgical robots are back in action for patients
Patients are now being welcomed back into surgery across mid and south Essex with the return of state-of-the-art robots.
The Da Vinci X robots at Broomfield and Southend hospitals,
which are used to perform life-changing operations in specialties
including urology, gastro-intestinal, and ear, nose and throat
(ENT), are now back in use for the first time since March.
Southend's robot had only been in place for a matter of weeks
before coronavirus hit. Consultant urologist and robotic surgeon
Mohamed Abdalazeez is pleased to get the service back underway for
patients and praised the theatres' team for their hard
He said: "It's great to be able to get back to our regular
patients again. To get here has taken a lot of teamwork and effort
from everyone - the theatres' manager, our matron, staff nurses,
surgical care practitioner, the robot team and our anaesthetists.
It's collaborative work between all of us."
The robot in Southend is mainly used for prostate cancer
operations. Mr Abdalazeez explained how some things have had to
change working in the 'new normal' world of Covid.
"We used to send the patient home the next day if everything had
gone well, but since Covid we try to send them home the same day.
After the operation we wait for around six hours then have a
discussion with the anaesthetists and the patient if we have no
concerns. I'm pleased to say that so far there have been no
At Broomfield, Covid meant many theatre staff were temporarily
working in intensive care and Theatre 17, where the robot operates
from, which became the part of the hospital's critical care
Marielle Huddlestone, robotic lead nurse, explained how the
robot and staff returned to normal duties after helping in the
fight with Covid.
She said: "We've restarted colorectal cancer cases, urology,
adrenalectomies, and head and neck ENT cases. We're looking forward
to increasing the number of cases and growing the robotic service