A major piece of equipment the charity wishes to purchase is a robot named Pluto for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. This will enable the surgeons to perform intricate surgery on babies and children with more precision, better recovery times, shorter hospital stays and smaller scars. The website aims to raise over £1 million to buy Pluto.
Pluto will be the first robot dedicated to paediatric surgery in the South of England. The only other robot in England can be found at Leeds Children's Hospital. The USA benefits from over 300 children's surgical robots in comparison to only one in the UK.
Mr Munther Haddad, head of children's surgery at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital said: "Operating on small babies, sometimes weighing less than half a bag of sugar, requires great skill and Pluto allows for unparalleled precision and control and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital can provide a unique level of care to babies and children in the UK."
The campaign is based on The Million Dollar Homepage, a website created by student Alex Tew in 2006, when he divided a homepage into a million pixels and sold to advertisers. Pluto will be divided in the same way; each piece of the robot costs £1, and as more pieces are bought Pluto will begin to come alive in colour. If all the pieces of Pluto are bought we will raise over £1 million towards the cost of the robot.
The Children's Hospital Trust Fund is a registered charity (number 283091) which was set up 30 years ago by a team of paediatric doctors. We are based at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. We are a separate entity to Chelsea and Westminster but work closely with the children's medical teams to support their invaluable work.
Our day to day work includes buying medical and surgical equipment for the children's hospital at Chelsea and Westminster. We support the medical teams, the children, babies and their families at the hospital and provide help where it is urgently needed.
Pluto The Robot
Using the most advanced technology available today, the da Vinci Surgical System enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions with increased vision, precision, dexterity and control.
The da Vinci Surgical System consists of several key components, including: an ergonomically designed console where the surgeon sits while operating, a patient-side cart where the patient lays during surgery, four interactive robotic arms, a high-definition 3D vision system, and proprietary EndoWrist® instruments.