HCA Healthcare UK, the leading private hospital group adopts Versius in UK first

~   The Wellington Hospital as one of the largest private hospitals in the UK has now also become the first hospital in the UK private sector to offer robotic assisted surgery with Versius.

CMR Surgical (CMR) – the global surgical robotics business – and The Wellington as part of HCA Healthcare UK (HCA UK), a division of HCA Healthcare – have today announced that it has installed the Versius Surgical Robotic System at The Wellington Hospital in London, in a UK private sector first. At The Wellington, Versius will be used as part of a multispecialty robotic surgery programme including colorectal surgery, thoracic surgery and gynaecology enabling more patients to benefit from robotic-assisted minimal access surgery.

The Wellington Hospital is one of the largest private hospitals in the UK, and offers a range of multi-specialty, complex and acute care services as part of HCA Healthcare UK – a leading private provider offering a network of care across hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics. HCA UK has a demonstrated record of investing in innovation, including an established surgical robotic centre where Versius is being introduced to offer patients more robotic assisted surgery.

Versius is the only small and modular surgical robotic system on the market which makes it easy to adopt for surgeons and hospitals. By being small and modular, it can fit into virtually any operating room without the need to alter existing infrastructure. The modularity of Versius gives surgeons ease and flexibility to put the ports where surgeons want, and more importantly, are used to putting them, therefore making the system ideal to perform a versatile range of cases and integrate into existing workflows. At The Wellington, Versius is initially being used to perform a range of complex colorectal procedures including anterior resections and hemicolectomies, with the multispecialty programme then expanding into thoracic surgery and gynaecology, adding to the established robotics offering at The Wellington Hospital.

Supratim Bose, Chief Executive Officer, CMR Surgical commented: “Globally, the HCA Healthcare group represents a gold standard in the adoption of innovation to deliver the best care for patients so we are delighted that HCA UK will be offering robotic assisted surgery using Versius. After successfully installing Versius across the NHS, it is great to see that the versatility of Versius is demonstrating value for the private sector too. CMR are excited to be embarking on this partnership with such a trusted global healthcare provider, and I look forward to watching the partnership expand.”

Eric Reichle, Chief Executive Officer, The Wellington Hospital commented: “We are proud to be the home to the first Versius robot in the UK private sector. All of our investments are in pursuit of providing the patients that we care for, and the consultants that we partner with, access to the highest quality care and latest innovations in medical technology. The Versius adds to our already comprehensive robotic offering and Outstanding surgical care, we look forward to continuing our investments in innovation to ensure we remain one of the best equipped hospitals in the UK.”

Ana Raduc, General Manager, UK and Ireland, CMR Surgical commented: “We approach every new installation of Versius with partnership at the forefront and we are delighted that The Wellington Hospital, part of HCA Healthcare UK, has become the first hospital to offer Versius within the private sector in the UK. This partnership with The Wellington Hospital, who are proven champions of innovation and new technology, is an important step forward for helping patients across the UK to get more access to robotic assisted minimal access surgery.”

The news of the introduction of Versius the first private hospital in the UK follows CMR’s recent announcement of CMR’s strong Q4 results, with a 50% increase in install base in 2023, and over 17,000 procedures now competed using Versius.


The Versius Surgical Robotic System

Versius resets expectations of robotic surgery. Versius fits into virtually any operating room set-up and integrates seamlessly into existing workflows, increasing the likelihood of robotic minimal access surgery (MAS). The small, portable and modular design of Versius allows the surgeon to only use the number of arms needed for a given procedure.

Biomimicking the human arm, Versius gives surgeons the choice of optimised port placement alongside the dexterity and accuracy of small fully-wristed instruments. With 3D HD vision, easy-to adopt instrument control and a choice of ergonomic working positions, the open surgeon console has the potential to reduce stress and fatigue and allows for clear communication with the surgical team. By thinking laparoscopically and operating robotically with Versius, patients, surgeons and healthcare professionals can all benefit from the value that robotic MAS brings.

But it’s more than just a robot. Versius captures meaningful data with its wider digital ecosystem to support a surgeon’s continuous learning. Through the Versius Connect app, Versius Trainer and CMR clinical registry, Versius unleashes a wealth of insights to ultimately improve surgical care.

About CMR Surgical Limited

CMR Surgical (CMR) is a global medical devices company dedicated to transforming surgery with Versius, a next-generation surgical robot.

Headquartered in Cambridge, United Kingdom, CMR is committed to working with surgeons, surgical teams and hospital partners, to provide an optimal tool to make robotic minimal access surgery universally accessible and affordable. With Versius, we are on a mission to redefine the surgical robotics market with practical, innovative technology and data that can improve surgical care.

Founded in 2014, CMR Surgical is a private limited company backed by an international shareholder base.

About The Wellington Hospital
  • The Wellington Hospital is a leading independent hospital providing a depth and breadth of care and complexity.
  • We are a specialist centre treating the full range of complex neurological conditions affecting the brain and spine, with a global reputation for successfully managing and treating, both medically and surgically, the most challenging neurological conditions.
  • Our Acute Neurological Rehabilitation Centre, recognised as delivering the gold standard in rehabilitation programmes, has transformed the lives of thousands of patients with complex neurological injuries and conditions such as a stroke, head injury or spinal cord injury.
About HCA Healthcare UK
  • From complex and urgent care to primary care, outpatient and day-case treatment, HCA Healthcare UK provides expert medical care across a system of hospitals, outpatient clinics and NHS partnerships.
  • HCA Healthcare UK includes The Harley Street Clinic, London Bridge Hospital, The Princess Grace Hospital, The Portland Hospital, The Lister Hospital, The Wellington Hospital, The Wilmslow Hospital and Roodlane Medical.
  • HCA UK also partner with leading NHS Trusts to provide care at HCA UK at University College Hospital, The Christie Private Care and Private Care at Guy’s. The Harborne Hospital in Birmingham will open in 2024.
  • Find out more here https://www.hcahealthcare.co.uk/

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