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Project information

Towards Tomorrow - Robotic surgery at LHCH

LHCH is at the forefront of treating and curing complex heart and lung diseases. Help us to go even further by becoming the first hospital in the UK to undertake robotic cardiac surgery.

May 2017 - September 2017

Charity information: Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Charity

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Charity logo
  • Need


    Every year thousands of people come to us to have complex cardiac and lung operations. Traditionally these operations involve major trauma to the body with patients spending many days in intensive care and then even longer in step down wards. The road to recovery is long and hard particularly if you are an older patient.


    In purchasing a robot and developing the cardiac and thoracic robotic surgical programmes LHCH would be able to offer care that utilises leading edge technology, offer treatments that further reduce length of stay, post-operative pain and post-operative complications. These all aid patients in returning back to a normal life sooner than conventional treatments.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To establish a cardiac and thoracic surgical programme at LHCH to benefit our patients


    » To establish an operational robotic surgery programme by the end of December 2018

    What success will look like

    In the first 12 months 50 patients will be transferred to robotic procedures rising to 100 in Year 2

    Aim 2

    Establish a robotic surgical programme for the training of surgeons both at LHCH and across the UK


    » To have 2 LHCH surgeons trained and operating by the end of December 2017

    What success will look like

    Have two fully trained Robotic Surgeons by the end of December 2017 with a training programme established for Year 2

    Aim 3

    Establish a research project to evaluate the efficacy of robotic surgical procedures


    » Work with colleagues in Research to establish a programme by March 2018

    What success will look like

    Aim to publish research findings by the end of 2018

  • Impact


    Long term changes will involve better patient outcomes, reduced post operative pain and hospital length of stay with a quicker return to "normal" life.

    This will be demonstrated by evaluating each patient post operatively and using the data to evaluate the robotic service.


    Insufficient funds raised to purchase the Robot. Dealt with by having a robust fundraising plan.

    Insufficient funds to support the robot going forward. Dealt with by identifying statutory sources of income to support the continuance of robotic surgery


    Donors can receive quarterly up to date reports on the service

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000,000 Equipment The da Vinci X System

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Anonymous £25,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Robotic programme will be located in Liverpool but will be the first cardiac robotic programme in the UK.

    The thoracic robotic programme will be the first programme in the North West of England significantly reducing the travelling times of patients who currently need this type of surgery living in Lancashire, Cheshire, Wales, Merseyside and the Isle of Man


    The main beneficiaries will be our patients who will receive the most up to date treatment that they can.

    As this would be the first cardiac robotic programme in the UK it is also envisaged that there will be significant benefits for medical staff who can be trained in these techniques.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital has an outstanding national and international reputation for the treatment of complex heart and lung problems. It cares for over 115,000 patients each year and was the first specialist hospital in the UK to be ranked as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Paul Modi

    Cardiac Surgeon with an extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery

    Mr Mike Shackloth

    Thoracic surgeon with extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery