I’ve tried to capture some more positive news in the next three stories. This article highlights the fabulous outcomes which can be achieved with robot surgery, through the lens of an acute trust serving a large rural population.
More than 270 people have benefitted from a new £3.2m robotic surgery system introduced in Lincoln a year ago.
The arrival of the equipment at Lincoln County Hospital has meant urology and colorectal cancer patients can receive treatment sooner and closer to home.
Consultant urologist Aris Alevizopoulos said the system provided "equal if not better outcomes" to traditional surgical techniques.
He said he hoped it could be used to treat even more patients in future.
The system mimics the hand movements of a surgeon as they operate a console linked to the robot, enabling them to perform delicate procedures through the smallest of incisions.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said, on average, patients who undergo robotic surgery are expected to "go home earlier and have a faster recovery".
Mr Alevizopoulos said: "As a result of this new service, our patients have been able to access their care in a more timely manner and closer to home, with equal if not better outcomes.
"For cancer patients, apart from the expertise, and the level of training of our surgeons and theatre staff, time efficiency is equally important."