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Increasing access to robotics in the NHS

A new robot aims to challenge the current status quo, offering wider access to robotic surgery.

Surgical robotic systems can offer improved outcomes for patients, surgeons and hospitals alike. However, to date, their size and cost have been a barrier to adoption for some NHS hospitals. A new robot aims to challenge the current status quo, offering wider access to robotic surgery.

For patients and healthcare providers, the benefits of minimal access surgery are compelling. The promise of reduced trauma, faster recovery and improved clinical outcomes has been the driving force behind the development of surgical robotics. The DaVinci has dominated robotic surgery for the past two decades and is used in a growing number of UK hospitals. However, as the robot requires an investment of over £1.7 million, the high cost has proven a barrier to adoption for some. 

A Cambridge-based firm is now taking on the US robotics giant with a small, portable robot that could provide the NHS with more affordable access to robot-assisted surgical techniques. In February this year, CMR Surgical announced the UK launch of its next-generation surgical robotic system. 

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