Freemasons donate £25,000 for robotic colon surgery at St Mark’s Hospital

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(l to r): The £25,000 cheque presentation – Riyah Talati, Trusts & Foundations Fundraising Manager, Anthony Cummings, Executive Director, David Yeaman, Middlesex Masonic Charity, and Sir Tom Troubridge, Chairman of St Mark’s Hospital Foundation

The Middlesex Masonic Charity has made the substantial donation of £25,000 to the St Mark’s Hospital Foundation in Harrow for robotic colon surgery

The hospital specialises in colorectal and anorectal procedures and has been the forerunner in robotic surgery in this field. Essentially, this means the hospital specialises in bowel cancers.

The hospital hopes to raise the sum of £2 million through charitable donations and from leading philanthropists and have almost reached the halfway mark. David Yeaman, a Trustee of the Middlesex Masonic Charity, presented the cheque for £25,000 to St Mark’s Hospital Foundation Chairman, Sir Tom Troubridge. At the presentation, there was also a talk given by Danilo Miskovich one of the Consultant Colorectal surgeons at St Mark’s. He has specialised in the surgical treatment of bowel cancer, with a focus on advanced minimally-invasive surgery, such as laparoscopic (keyhole), trans-anal and robotic surgery.

Robotic surgery is an extremely important development in surgical innovation and the goal of the team in utilising these newer technologies and procedures is to ensure higher survival rates and improved long-term quality of life for those who have undergone surgery. This is an important objective, especially where longevity post operation was about five years. This has now doubled over the last 40 years largely as a result of innovations in surgical procedures.

Bowel cancer is the second highest cause of cancer fatalities which claims more than 630,000 lives annually worldwide. Although the overall survival rate is 50%, this can be improved on by continued surgical innovation. St Mark’s Hospital is committed to researching and implementing robotic surgery in its specialist field and also to disseminate the best clinical practice in colorectal robotic surgery worldwide.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s keyhole surgery was emerging and it was St Marks Hospital which became a champion of this highly innovative breakthrough. Up until 2006, no keyhole surgery was being practiced at the hospital, but now 95% of all first-time surgery is keyhole.

The contribution made by Middlesex Masons, together with all other charitable, giving will immensely improve the longer term prognosis of sufferers.

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