CLINICAL: Torbay Hospital, run by South Devon Healthcare Foundation Trust, has become the first place in the world to carry out a complex urology procedure as a day case.

The procedure, known as nephroureterectomy, involves the removal of a kidney as well as the entire ureter, and usually involves a hospital stay of up to five days.

It was carried out using the Da Vinci Si robot which was purchased by the Torbay Hospital League of Friends in 2009 for £1.5m. The trust currently carries out robotic surgery for gynaecology, urology and colorectal procedures.

The trust was already one of just two units worldwide to perform laparoscopic nephrectomy - the removal of the kidney alone - as a day case but it is the first to perform the more advanced procedure without the need for an overnight stay.

Trust chief executive Paula Vasco-Knight said: “We are a forward thinking and innovative hospital but to lead the way forward worldwide is outstanding.

“Being able to come into hospital and go home the very same day is something that I know is extremely important to patients. With the use of advanced technology and the highly skilled expertise we have within our organisation, I hope that can offer patients more day case procedures in the future.”

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