Friday 27th September 2019
Although unlucky for some, on Friday 13th September we were fortunate to have a group of our ‘All Out for St Mark’s’ legacy donors visit St Mark’s. Attendees included Mr & Mrs Vincent and Judith Duffy, Ms Janet Fitz-Gerald and Mr & Mrs Michael and Therese Paolini.
When our attendees arrived at the Hospital they were greeted in the postgraduate room by Chief Executive Jason Bacon. After introductions and a discussion on research, we went down to the theatre ward to attend an exclusive observation of the Da Vinci Surgical Robot. Prior to entering the theatre ward, a requirement is to be dressed in scrubs, which was a rather humorous experience! Despite St Mark’s being a centre of excellence, the changing facilities resemble those of a school changing room! Donning scrubs and feeling as though we were on the set of Holby City, we headed to theatre in good spirits.
To allay any concerns of our readers, the theatre where the Da Vinci is housed has been specifically designed to host observers in an adjoining room. This is to enable visitors to attend as part of St Mark’s growing reputation as an educational hub. In the adjoining room, there is a seating area and a flat screen display mounted on the wall. This screen provides a live feed from the operating room. The two operational consoles for the Da Vinci are also located in this room, which is where the surgeons are positioned.
As we entered the room, it was clear that we were in for an extra dose of good fortune! A group of medical observers from Germany were also in attendance for this particular operation. As an added bonus our group could interact with the observers, while watching the intricacies of the operation on screen. This was a truly fantastic experience, enhanced by the proficiency and diligence of the distinguished surgeons. After observing the skill of surgeons Danilo and James any prior anxieties about watching surgery were swiftly allayed.
Good food and even better company
After the mornings excitement, the afternoon was a more relaxed affair, as we headed to Blue Zenzer for a spot of lunch. Situated against the leafy backdrop of Northwick Park Golf Club, it provided the perfect setting to socalise. Additionally, I think it is safe to say that lunch was a success! Most guests (and myself included) opted for an indulgent three-course meal.
Most importantly, it was an absolute privilege to hear about our guests personal experiences with our specialist Hospital. It was truly delightful to spend the day in your company.
All of the team at St Mark’s Hospital Foundation wish to extend our gratitude to our attendees, and thank them for leaving a legacy to St Mark’s. We understand that leaving a legacy to a charitable cause is an intimately personal and highly important decision. Hence, these events are a means by which to express our sincerest gratitude to these remarkable people who chose to remember St Mark’s in this way.
We are looking forward to planning and hosting our next All Out for St Mark’s event, scheduled for 2020. In the meantime, I wish all of our guests the best and I hope to see you all at future events!
Further information about leaving a gift in your will to St Mark’s Hospital Foundation is available here.
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