Sussex Regional Cancer Centre Support

Helping more people in the community

People from across Sussex, West Kent and parts of Surrey, needing treatment for kidney, bladder, and prostate cancer at the regional urology centre of excellence at the Eastbourne District General Hospital are a step closer to receiving the specialist treatment that they need, thanks to a £50,000 donation from Sussex Freemasons to the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital 2022 Appeal, raising funds for a Da Vinci robot surgical system.

The Da Vinci system makes it possible for surgeons to operate with amazing accuracy through a few small incisions. This allows for better patient outcomes due to the minimally invasive surgery, and leads to a shorter length of stay in hospital.

The existing Da Vinci system at the hospital has proven to be very successful, but after nine years of use it has finally reached the end of its working life and needs replacing to maintain standards of operating excellence and patient outcomes.

Thanks to the donation from the Sussex Freemasons Community Charity the hospital is now well on the way to achieving its appeal target and has been able to purchase the much needed equipment.

Chair of the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital, Dr Harry Walmsley said “ I am delighted to say that the Friends are half way to their target having recently had a donation of £50,000 from the Sussex Freemasons Community Charity. The Friends are extremely grateful to Sussex Freemasons for their generosity and support"

Michael Harris, Chair of the Sussex Freemasons Community Charity said “Sussex Freemasons are proud to support the work that the surgeons, nurses and all the staff at the Eastbourne District General Hospital do, and we recognise the important role that this equipment plays in maintaining the EDGH as the Regional Centre of Excellence for the treatment of kidney, bladder, and prostate cancer.”

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