7th November 2023

Royal Papworth Hospital install cutting-edge new surgical robot

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and CMR Surgical have announced a new strategic partnership, which will see the installation of a new cutting-edge surgical robot in the hospital’s thoracic operating theatres. 

World-leading cardiothoracic centre, Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has introduced Versius for use in thoracic surgery.

Royal Papworth is a tertiary centre in Cambridge, that receives patients referred from secondary care, focused on three specialist areas – respiratory, cardiology and thoracic surgery.

Since Versius was introduced at the hospital, the system has been used across their complete range of thoracic surgical procedures, including wedge resections and thymectomies, as well as more complex procedures such as lobectomies.

This will allow the surgical team at Royal Papworth to perform even more minimally invasive surgery, improving outcomes and recovery times for patients and reducing their length of stay in hospital. 

Versius is smaller than previous surgical robots, Versius also has a portable design, meaning it can be moved between different theatres and potentially used for different specialties, such as transplantation.

The use of the Versius robot in thoracic surgery will represent a UK first.

“Our vision is to provide tomorrow’s treatment to today’s patients, and purchasing this Versius robot does just that, representing a significant investment in patient care,” said Tim Glenn, Chief Finance Officer and Deputy Chief Executive at Royal Papworth Hospital.

“We are delighted to be working with our Cambridge neighbours at CMR Surgical, helping to provide the highest quality of care to patients that we serve.” 

Hear from Royal Papworth’s CEO, Eilish Midlane, on their positive experience partnering with CMR, and how it aligns with the hospital’s core values – compassion, excellence and collaboration.

To find out more about The Royal Papworth Hospital’s partnership with CMR Surgical, please visit:


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