January 27, 2022

HCA Healthcare UK invests £7m in new fleet of state-of- the art da Vinci Xi robots

The announcement today includes the investment in the da Vinci’s minimally invasive robotic capability at HCA Healthcare UK’s The Lister Hospital for the first time.


HCA Healthcare UK has invested in four new da Vinci Xi robots, confirming its status as the largest provider of robotic surgery in the independent sector with a fleet of seven da Vinci systems, across five hospitals including at: The Lister Hospital, The Wellington Hospital, London Bridge Hospital, The Princess Grace Hospital and The Christie Private Care.

The investment is a landmark moment for The Lister Hospital, bringing the option for minimally invasive robotic assisted surgery for soft tissue via da Vinci technology to its patients for the first time, with an expected annual procedure rate of 250.

The Lister Hospital joins The Princess Grace Hospital as a training hub for consultants to develop their robotic surgery skills.

Across its healthcare system, HCA Healthcare UK now has the capacity to perform over 2500 robotic assisted procedures a year, and the new investment which includes the installation of three upgraded da Vinci Xi’s at The Wellington Hospital, The Princess Grace Hospital and London Bridge Hospital builds on HCA UK’s heritage of robotic innovation dating back to 2005 when it became the first in the independent sector to acquire a da Vinci robotic system.

Used in colorectal, urology, head and neck, thoracic and increasingly in gynaecology surgeries for endometriosis and hysterectomy, the da Vinci is designed to provide surgeons with greater flexibility and precision, bringing minimally invasive surgery to a larger proportion of patients.

With built in firefly fluorescence imaging, the da Vinci Xi gives surgeons real-time visualisation and assessment of vessels, and can offer quicker recovery times, less post-operative pain, and lower rates of surgical complications for suitable patients.

Suzy Canham, CEO of The Lister Hospital, part of HCA Healthcare UK, and theatre team colleagues with the new da Vinci xi

Commenting on the acquisition of The Lister Hospital’s first da Vinci robotic system, Suzy Canham, CEO of The Lister Hospital said:

We are delighted to expand our robotic capability at The Lister Hospital with the acquisition of a da Vinci Xi. The state-of-the-art robotic surgical system will benefit over 250 patients a year, giving them access to minimally invasive surgical options alongside the outstanding laparoscopic surgical care we already offer.

We are proud to become HCA Healthcare UK’s second robotic surgery training hub, supporting consultants to develop their already extensive skills and bringing new opportunities for our theatre teams.

Of the wider investment in robotics across HCA UK Healthcare UK John Reay, President and CEO of HCA Healthcare UK, commented:

Our £7million investment in robotic surgery is part of a long-held commitment to ensuring that across our healthcare system we have the infrastructure, technology, and capability to offer the consultants that practice with us, and the patients we care for, access to the latest in innovation and the breadth and depth of treatment options to support their individual needs.

Our capacity to deliver over 2500 robotic surgeries a year presents us with a unique opportunity in the independent sector to play a leading role in the training of surgeons with robotic skills which will have wider benefit as the use of robotic surgery continues to develop.

David Marante, Regional Director at Intuitive UK & Ireland said:

At Intuitive, we always seek to deliver solutions that meet our customers’ needs—better patient outcomes, better patient experiences, better care team experiences, and a lower total cost to treat per patient episode.

Working with HCA Healthcare UK to deliver state-of-the-art treatment since 2005, we’re proud to continue our collaboration to expand access to robotic-assisted surgery using our da Vinci technology across their facilities and deliver high-quality care to more patients.

HCA Healthcare UK invests £7m in new fleet of state-of-the-art da Vinci Xi robots
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