Keyhole Cancer Appeal

The Keyhole Cancer Appeal aims to raise £600,000 for the provision of a new state-of-the-art laparoscopic (keyhole surgery) theatre suite at Southend University Hospital – and we are almost there!

The money will enable surgeons to perform the latest and most complex keyhole procedures for patients undergoing cancer and general surgery. At the heart of the new theatre will be some of the most advanced camera systems in Europe, which deliver extremely high quality 3D images.

Hundreds of Southend patients are likely to benefit each year.  They include people suffering with bowel and prostate cancer or gynaecological conditions.  Many of these patients would have previously had to have ‘open’ surgery’ which would have meant longer hospital stays and recovery times and greater post-operative pain and scarring.

For the first time all the systems in the operating theatre will be under the central control of touch panels and the new equipment will be free of pipes, tubes and wiring.  We will also be able to bring digital x-rays and body scans to the screens and to record or film the operation for the benefit of patient records. It also means the surgeon can use the two-way video conferencing function to dramatically enhance the teaching process.