The Royal Marsden

Chelsea surgical unit welcomes HRH The Duke of Cambridge

The Royal Marsden’s President donned scrubs and witnessed the pioneering surgery we perform during a unique visit to the hospital.

HRH the Duke of Cambridge in the Wolfson Surgical Suite with Consultant Urological Surgeon Mr Pardeep Kumar

Surgery at The Royal Marsden received a royal reception in November as our President, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, visited the Chelsea hospital.

After being greeted by Chief Executive Cally Palmer and Medical Director Professor Martin Gore, The Duke ‘scrubbed up’ and was escorted into the surgical unit by Dr Tim Wigmore, Divisional Medical Director, and Clinical Service Lead for Theatres Nick Bultitude.

During the visit, the Duke witnessed two ongoing operations, something he had never done before. He met Consultant Plastic Surgeon Mr Stuart James and his team to observe a DieP flap breast reconstruction, and Consultant Urological Surgeon Mr Pardeep Kumar and his team to witness an open partial cystectomy and ureteric reimplantation – the removal of a tumour in the bladder.

Mr James said: “A DieP flap breast reconstruction is the gold standard in breast reconstruction surgery, and it was an honour to have the Duke witness part of today’s operation. The Duke showed great interest in the procedure, and the benefits that this surgery will have for our patient.”

Mr Kumar said: “The Royal Marsden offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of bladder reconstruction surgeries in the country. The Duke was fascinated by the procedure and its intricacies. It was a privilege to talk him through the surgery and its benefits.”

The Duke also visited the hospital’s CyberKnife radiotherapy machine. Dr Nick Van As, Clinical Lead for CyberKnife, said: “CyberKnife is an exciting development in radiotherapy and allows us to deliver high-dose radiation while minimising dose to normal tissue. The Duke was very interested to learn about the benefits, find out how the machine is operated, and see the robotic arm in motion.”

Cally Palmer said: “We were delighted to welcome our President back to the hospital in Chelsea this afternoon, to see our theatre suite and CyberKnife. We are very grateful for the Duke’s support for our patients and for the work that we do at The Royal Marsden. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to show him a glimpse of the complex and pioneering surgery that takes place on a daily basis at the hospital.”