Stephen backs £2m appeal

November 08 2016

HANHAM'S Stephen Merchant is backing Southmead Hospital Charity's £2 million Prostate Cancer Care Appeal.

HANHAM'S Stephen Merchant is backing Southmead Hospital Charity's £2 million Prostate Cancer Care Appeal.

The aim is  to fund two new surgical robots to carry out lifesaving surgery on men with prostate cancer.

Thousands of men have already benefited from operations with the current robot but the new models will update the current technology and enable more men to undergo life-saving surgery. Robotic surgery is much better for the patients – it’s more accurate, less invasive, and patients recover from it much more quickly.

Southmead Hospital is one of the largest urological centres in the country and is at the forefront of prostate cancer research. North Bristol NHS Trust is a centre of excellence for robotic surgery training.

Visitors to the hospital were able to try out a  Da Vinci surgical robot in the main atrium of the Brunel building on November 1.

Stephen Merchant, pictured in an appeal T-shirt, also presented a one-off Crystal Maze programme last month for Stand Up to Cancer.