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Fundraising for a surgical robot

30 November 2022


Our James Paget Hospital Charity are campaigning to raise £1.6 million for a new surgical robot.

The robot will allow for complex surgeries to be performed through small incisions, which provides enhanced three dimensional vision to allow surgeries to be performed with more precision.

This robot will provide Norfolk and Waveney patients access to innovative technology and the opportunity to access advanced healthcare inventions. The robot will also allow the Paget to train future surgeons and develop research in robotic and minimal invasive surgery.

Our Charity Coordinator Maxine Taylor said; “The JPUH is looking toward the future to further enhance patient outcomes and be at the forefront of robotically assisted surgery across a number of specialties such as colorectal surgery, gynaecology, general surgery, upper gastrointestinal surgery, urology and ears, nose and throat. This supports our ambition to deliver state of the art surgical techniques to the population we serve.”

Some of the benefits that will be seen from the surgical robot include:

  • Reducing patient’s length of stay in hospital
  • Less post-operative complications
  • Lower readmission rates
  • Less conversion to open surgery
  • Oncological benefit with tumour clearance
  • Better attraction, recruitment, and retention of staff both in training and at consultant level

To help raise funds for the robot, two rose gardens – one in Priory Gardens in Gorleston and one in Belle Vue Park in north Lowestoft – have been created for local people to remember loved ones and to support the charity in its robot appeal.

Our photo shows Shaun Rutter, in an orange fluorescent jacket, who manages the Belle Vue Park gardens, with Maxine Taylor and Georgina Bissell from our charity next to the new remembrance garden in Lowestoft. At the moment this is mostly bare earth but with several plants, including the rose stems visible. These will bloom in the spring. There is a small stone elephant statue in front of them and this is near the A47 entrance to the park.

The Lowestoft rose garden at Belle Vue Park. This has been planted with support from Lowestoft Town Council, Waveney Norse and Shaun’s team at the park. 

A group of six people - including our Chief Executive Jo Segasby and charity co-ordinator Maxine Taylor - stand next to the rose bed in Priory Gardens in Gorleston. Three including Jo and Maxine hold spades. Three of the four men in the photograph wear fluorescent waistcoats and all are wrapped up in warm clothing. The background is mainly trees with houses visible through the branches.

Our Chief Executive Jo Segasby and Maxine Taylor our charity co-ordinator stand next to the Gorleston rose garden after planting some of the roses with assistance from the Priory Gardens team.


Plaques will be put up next to each of the gardens which will contain a QR code which will take you to the donation page on our charity website, so you can get more details of how you can make a donation in memory of a loved one.

If you would like to contribute to our surgical robot please visit the charity website here; or hand in donations to the charity office next to our main entrance. If you would like any more information please contact the Charity office on 01493 453348.

For more information about the robot you can also view our video below.