New Hall Hospital in Bodenham will soon receive the equipment for Aquablation treatment for patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate.

The development makes New Hall Hospital the first healthcare provider in the Salisbury area to offer Aquablation, which is described as a “minimally invasive procedure for BPH uses imaging, robotics, and a heat-free waterjet”. Due to how new it is, the number of hospitals—both NHS and private—offering the service remains limited. Salisbury District Hospital does not yet offer the treatment and the nearest NHS facility where it is available is Basingstoke Hospital.

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BPH is the same condition King Charles openly announced he would be attending hospital for on the morning of Friday, January 26. The King was open about the treatment and diagnosis in the hopes that it would help raise public health awareness about the issue. During the scheduled treatment, cancer was also found, the diagnosis of which the King has been forthcoming about to the public.

Ramsay Health Care UK, the private health care firm that operates New Hall Hospital, said in a statement that “Aquablation therapy offers significant symptom relief and low rates of irreversible complications, regardless of prostate size or shape”.

Professor Nikhil Vasdev, consultant urological and robotic surgeon at Ramsay Health’s Pinehill Hospital in Hitchin, said:  “Aquablation therapy is a game changer for patients with enlarged prostates. The new technology that uses the power of heat free water leading to an improvement in urinary symptoms whilst reducing side effects such as urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. I am proud that we are offering this state-of-the-art robotic treatment for our patients.”