"Robotic Prostate Surgery"

About: Bradford Royal Infirmary

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I am writing to highlight the excellent care, treatment and support which I have recently received from the Bradford Hospitals Trust. I was diagnosed with cancer of the prostate in January of this year and referred by my local Urology team in Calderdale to the specialist services in Bradford. My initial appointment was at St.Luke's Hospital,where I was seen by two doctors and I received clear, informative and sympathetic information about my illness,its prognosis and the treatment options available.The timescales for my elective surgery were clearly laid out and adhered to and I was subsequently admitted to Ward 14 at the BRI on March 15th for a robotic radical prostatectomy, which was carried out by a doctor and his team,using the Da Vinci robot. My care throughout has been first class and is an excellent example of the NHS at its best. The doctor, Specialist Nurse, has provided speedy and accessible support and advice,the staff of Ward 14 demonstrated the highest levels of nursing care and professionalism and the robotic surgery enabled me to be discharged promptly and without any significant pain or discomfort. Throughout my inpatient and out patient care I have been treated with respect, dignity and a high level of efficient and professional practice. Appointments have always been reliable, on-time and efficient. Although I am in the relatively early stages of recovery, I am optimistic about my future health and confident that any necessary support will be provided by the Trust . I am very grateful for the care received by the skillful, hard working and dedicated staff. At a time when the NHS is under great scrutiny, the BRI can be rightly proud of the high quality services provided by staff within the Urology Department. The Da Vinci robot enabled me to be discharged home promptly without pain and the Trust should be congratulated on acquiring this equipment and on the skill and expertise of the doctor and his team in operating it.

(Mr) Kelvin Lawton

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Response from Bradford Royal Infirmary

We are very pleased that your experience of Bradford Teaching Hospitals has been so positive and you have taken the time to provide these comments despite the fact that you have been going through such a difficult time. The comments you have made will be shared with the staff in the teams and departments who have been involved in your care and we would like to wish you well in your recovery.

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