The Wellington Hospital, part of HCA Healthcare UK acquires Versius robotic system in UK independent sector first

The Wellington Hospital, part of HCA Healthcare UK (HCA UK), is proud to become home to the first Versius robotic surgical system in the UK private sector. The Versius adds to the hospitals already CQC Outstanding surgical care and will be used to support consultants to provide minimally invasive colorectal, thoracic, gynaecological, and general surgeries.

The robot was used in its first surgery at The Wellington by Consultant Colorectal Surgeon’s Mr Najib Daulatzai and Mr Vanash Patel in a cancer surgery. It is another example of HCA UK’s commitment to investing in the latest medical technology and innovation for the delivery of exceptional patient care across its network of care.

The Versius develops The Wellington Hospital’s already comprehensive robotic capabilities, joining its other robotic surgical systems; da Vinci XI, MAKO and Excelsius GPS. It will be used for procedures including hysteroscopy, hernia repair, thymectomy and colectomy.

Small and modular

Versius is designed to give surgeons and hospitals the versatility to operate in the way that’s best for patients with the ability to easily move the system to different theatres to maximise utilisation. The modularity of Versius gives surgeons ease and flexibility to put the ports where surgeons want, therefore making the system ideal to perform a versatile range of cases and integrate into existing workflows.

Biomimicking the human arm, Versius gives surgeons the choice of optimised port placement alongside the dexterity and accuracy of small fully wristed instruments.

Eric Reichle, Chief Executive Officer, The Wellington Hospital, said;

"We are proud to be the home to the first Versius robot in the UK private sector. All of our investments are in pursuit of providing the patients that we care for, and the consultants that we partner with , access to the highest quality care and latest innovations in medical technology. The Versius adds to our already comprehensive robotic offering and Outstanding surgical care, we look forward to continuing our investments in innovation to ensure we remain one of the best equipped hospitals in the UK."

Supratim Bose, Chief Executive Officer, CMR Surgical commented;

"Globally, the HCA Healthcare group represents a gold standard in the adoption of innovation to deliver the best care for patients so we are delighted that HCA UK will be offering robotic assisted surgery using Versius. After successfully installing Versius across the NHS, it is great to see that the versatility of Versius is demonstrating value for the private sector too. CMR are excited to be embarking on this partnership with such a trusted global healthcare provider, and I look forward to watching the partnership expand."

Ana Raduc, General Manager, UK and Ireland, CMR Surgical commented:

"We approach every new installation of Versius with partnership at the forefront and we are delighted that The Wellington Hospital, part of HCA Healthcare UK, has become the first hospital to offer Versius within the private sector in the UK. This partnership with The Wellington Hospital, who are proven champions of innovation and new technology, is an important step forward for helping patients across the UK to get more access to robotic assisted minimal access surgery."