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A new public appeal has been launched by the League of Friends of Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton to support revolutionary new robotic surgery.

Earlier this year the League committed £1.5 million to the hospital to buy a robotic surgery console, to enable surgeons across different disciplines to perform more intricate, less invasive surgery. The first operation has already taken place at Musgrove.

Now the League of Friends is trying to raise an additional £100,000 to buy a specialist operating table to support robotic surgery.

Over the last five years the League of Friends has provided more than £4million to Musgrove Park Hospital, including recent funding for equipment – not just large items but small items that can make a real difference to patients and staff, such as chairs, resuscitators, dementia kits, water coolers and training aids.

None of this would have been possible without a number of legacies over the last couple of years and donations by individuals and organisations.

Peter Renshaw, Chairman of the League of Friends, said: “People really have been so generous to us – and right now we know money is tight.

“But robotic surgery is the future and we need to help make sure Musgrove has the latest state of the art equipment. It’s important not only to improve the life of patients and staff but to help ensure that Somerset can recruit and retain the best staff.”

Dr Daniel Meron, Chief Medical Officer of Somerset Foundation Trust (which runs Musgrove) said the hospital was extremely grateful for the support the Friends of Musgrove give in developing robotic surgery.

He added: “We want to embrace the latest technology which can help improve the care and treatment we are able to provide for our patients. We hope this will be a real boost for our colleagues too and I’m looking forward to seeing our surgeons making best use of the robots.”

Mr Renshaw commented: “The appeal for a new specialist operating table is going to help the hospital develop these procedures.  If you can help in any way please visit:”


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