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Westfield Health helps bring pioneering brain surgery robot to Yorkshire

Westfield Health has contributed £50,000 to the charity Neurocare to help bring a revolutionary robot in the field of neuroscience to Sheffield.

The robot allows neurosurgeons to perform faster, far more precise and less invasive surgery on patients with poorly controlled epilepsy, deep-seated brain tumours, Parkinson’s Disease and other complex brain disorders.

Using an advanced computer system, the ROSA Robot allows neurosurgeons to create precise 3D maps of a patient’s brain so they can plan the best route for surgery, guiding the robot’s arm and instruments to the exact location of the seizure, tumour or biopsy.

This increases accuracy, improves recovery times and surgical outcomes, and shortens the length of surgery. The robotic arm mimics the movement of the human arm and can use instruments as thin as a needle.

With help from the Westfield Health donation, Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire is now the first NHS hospital in the UK to have the ROSA Robot, further cementing its reputation as a neurological centre of excellence.

Sheffield consultant neurosurgeon Mr Dev Bhattacharyya said: “We are delighted to be the first NHS hospital in the UK to offer patients world-class robotic neurosurgery.

“I’ve been a neurosurgeon for 17 years and it is amazing to see how accurate the robot it is.

“The first operation I undertook took two-and-a-half hours compared to six, and through its pinpoint precision we are now able to reach areas of the brain we would previously not have been able to, which is fantastic news for patients.”

An event was held at Westfield Health’s new headquarters which saw Chairman Graham Moore present the £50,000 cheque to the charity.

Graham said, “We have been a long-standing supporter of Neurocare and the amazing work it does, so we are delighted to be make this donation to help ensure that such pioneering treatment is available in Sheffield.”

Neurocare works to buy the latest equipment and supports groundbreaking neurological research at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Neurocare Chair of Trustees Beverley Webster OBE said: “We are excited and very proud to be able to bring the first ROSA Robot to an NHS hospital in the UK.

“Because of its reputation Sheffield has attracted highly specialized neurosurgeons who, using this amazing technology, can change the lives of many more people.

“We now hope companies, organisations and individuals throughout the region will support us and them by donating what they can to the ROSA Appeal.”

To donate please visit Neurocare’s JustGiving page here.

Click here to find out more about the Westfield Health Charitable Trust.

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