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By Martha Wright, Conference Team Member

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We are delighted to announce that the 2013 ABP Annual Conference will be supporting Royal Berkshire Hospital’s “Robbie the Robot” appeal.

Robbie Robot Logo 2“Robbie” is a da Vinci robot and has transformed prostate cancer and other types of operations at this local hospital. The robot provides state of the art robotic assisted surgery, which allows surgeons to perform radical operations using all the clinical and technical capabilities of traditional open surgery, whilst enabling them to operate through the tiny incisions which characterise “keyhole” surgery.

The Royal Berkshire NHS Trust acquired the da Vinci robot with a down payment from an initial generous donation.  However, to ensure “Robbie” remains at the Royal Berkshire Hospital the Trust must raise a final £1m over the next three years.

For patients the robot surgery brings a number of benefits which include: a quicker return to normal life, significantly less pain, less risk of wound infection, reduced scarring, faster recovery times and less blood loss.

Further information about fundraising activities at the Annual ABP conference will be released closer to the date of the event.

In the meantime, for more information about this important local charity or to donate to the “Robbie the Robot” appeal see:

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