Cutting edge designs on Mount Toubkal

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Urology team in training

The urology team in training

An intrepid team of staff from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will hopefully be celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012 at the top of Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa.

The team, mostly based in urology, includes consultants Jo Cresswell, David Chadwick, Alaiyi West and Raj Gowda, as well as nurses and managers, both past and present.

They are taking on this challenging trek to raise money to help provide cutting edge medical equipment to support the development of sophisticated minimally invasive surgery to benefit patients in Teesside and North Yorkshire undergoing major surgery for urological cancers including prostate, bladder and kidney.

The division already has an established laparoscopic (keyhole) surgical service, with Miss Cresswell, Mr Chadwick, Mr West and Mr Gowda, regularly performing minimally invasive surgery to treat kidney, bladder and prostate cancer, but keyhole surgery requires lots of specialised instruments which are expensive to buy.

The ascent of Mount Toubkal, 4167 metres, will take the group of 16 just three days and they will be hiking to the summit, through spectacular mountain scenery, remote villages and terraced fields.

Miss Cresswell said: “The South Tees team are all training hard with lots of walking, and fitness training for this challenging hike. We are looking forward to our trip, though we know will take a lot of determination to complete the challenge.

We will need lots of support from our patients, friends and colleagues and hope everyone will rally round to help us achieve our goal to develop this high tech surgery for local patients.”

You can sponsor the team by logging on to or you can send contributions to Tricia Allen, Miss Cresswell’s secretary, department of urology, The James Cook University Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough, TS4 3BW. Cheques should be made payable to South Tees NHS FT.