Robotic Surgery . Current practice and the future

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Bhavan Prasad Rai, Consultant Urologist and Robotics Surgeon at James Cook University Hospital gave an excellent presentation to members of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club on robotic surgery current and future. The ability to perform precision surgery using robotic surgery with small incisions allows the patient to recover rapidly from the surgery and often allows return home within 1 to 2 days. James Cook University Hospital are one of two leaders in the field in the UK . Bhavan is a Senior Fellow in Robotic Surgery and has studied in Scotland, Germany and London prior to his appointment on Teesside. His enthusiastic presentation showed how surgery is assisted by extensive training of the team, use of dyes to highlight areas for surgical intervention and precision surgery to save the surrounding structures such as the nerves which transmit body functions ensuring a healthy future for the patient. The future will see further reduction in equipment size and a reduction in robotic arms on the machine from 4 to 1. But it must be remembered that this machine is only an aid to the surgeon. Mike Overy thanked Bhavan for an excellent presentation.

A Good night was had by all . Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary club Christmas Dinner.


Members and wives had a great evening at Middlesbrough Golf Club, Brass Castle Lane. Great food, great games and great company. All sorts of games from a quiz, name that tune and balloons kept everybody amused. Chris and Sue Gent  masterminded the entertainment and managed to get all involved as you would expect from two retired head teachers. Well controlled throughout the night.

STOP PRESS £5012 raised for local Charities by Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club

Members and helpers from Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club collected £5012 around the streets of Acklam and Marton with Santa and his helpers collecting over 10 nights and four days at Teesside Park. There were so many parents who remembered the float when they were children it was great to see their children continuing the tradition. The money will be given to local charities including Teesside Hospice, Social Services vouchers for needy families and the Salvation Army.

Father Christmas and his Elves collecting at Teesside Park

The photo shows members of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary club collecting for charity at Teesside Park .

Teesside Park gave permission for Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club to collect for local charities, Collection is for Salvation Army, Middlesbrough Social Services food vouchers and Teesside Hospice. The collections started on Saturday 2 December and will continue on Sunday 3 December and the 9th and 10th December. Many families with children has a photo taken with Father Christmas and really enjoyed the fun. Rotary members dressed as elves helped Father Christmas during the day.

Members evening out at Lewis and Cooper, Northallerton




Photo shows Lewis and Cooper shop in Northallerton

Nineteen members of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club and friends were guests at Lewis and Cooper , Northallerton for a special evening of discounted shopping and tea. There were opportunities to taste some of the produce for sale , the Christmas pud was really tasty !! Members had a great tea with plenty to eat and purchased many discounted gifts and food.

The most decorated enlisted man in the first world war


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The photo shows William Harold Coltman during World War One.

Fred Logie , a founder member of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club, gave members a presentation on this remarkable world war one soldier.

William Harold Coltman, VC, DCM & Bar, MM & Bar (17 November 1891 – 29 June 1974) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC), the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that could be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was the most decorated other rank soldier of the First World War.

He was only 5′ 3″ tall and a conscientious objector but volunteered as a stretcher bearer. He won all his medals for rescuing wounded men during and after battles on the Western Front. He was a very unassuming man who, on the day of his return home, the local Mayor had organised a special reception but William got off the train 5 miles down the line and walked home not wanting to be given such recognition. The next day he went to the Town Hall and asked for his old job back as a gardener in the parks department. He died in 1974 and was then 82 years old.


Visit by the Lord Lieutenant to Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club

The photo shows the Lord Lieutenant Barry Dodd on the left with Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club president david Jackson.

Mr Barry Dodd CBE , Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding , was the guest speaker at the Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club. He gave an overview of the responsibilities of the Lord Lieutenant. The Lord Lieutenant is the representative of her majesty , Queen Elizabeth in the area.

Mr Dodd gave an excellent insight into the roles and responsibilities of the role and highlighted the many visits by members of the Royal family and senior national and international leaders of armed forces, business and politics. He is determined to raise the profile of the area through Queens awards such as the 5 awards for Voluntary Service and one for enterprise awarded in the area last year. Mr Dodd is an entrepreneur who has established international businesses and holds several chairmanships in his busy career which is a great advantage in his role as Lord Lieutenant..



Another Award for Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club

The photo shows Peter Chandler , North of England Rotary Clubs District Governor  2016/17 presenting the Community Service Award to Mike Overy, Chairman Special projects , Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club.

The latest award is the North East District Rotary Clubs Community Award which Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club won for the excellent fundraising event at Yarm School Alexandra Auditorium in February where James Dale and his group Sweet baby James performed songs from Carol King and James Taylor. Over £11,000 was raised for Prostate Cancer Robot assisted surgery.

The money will be used for consultant training and to further extend the use of Prostate Cancer Robotic Surgery at James Cook University Hospital. Not only a great fundraiser for the local organisation, but also a great social event.

Total fundraising for the year was in excess of £20,000.



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Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club members are looking forward with excitement to November 10th when they will be met by a traditional Scottish piper as they arrive for a very special evening sampling the very finest whiskies that the Scotch Malt Whisky Society can provide.

The evening will begin with a complimentary dram and be followed by a tutored tasting of 6 single cask, single malt whiskies. All will be drawn at cask strength from numbered casks and reflect a selection of the finest distilleries Scotland has produced. The evening will be accompanied by a Traditional Burns supper starting with Scotch Broth before a meal of Haggis, Neaps and Tatties. Whilst this is a new event for the club previous tastings at other venues lead us to anticipate a thoroughly superb evening for one and all.

If you  are interested in joining this, not to be missed event, tickets are limited are priced at a modest £30.00 and are selling fast. Don’t delay or you will be disappointed

VENUE, Middlesbrough Golf Club, Friday 10 November 2017, 7.15 pm.

For tickets please phone 01642311759 or

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club visit Shildon Railway Museum

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On Tuesday 17th October 6 members of our Rotary club including our President David Jackson had a conducted tour of the Shildon Railway Museum ( a branch of the National Railway Museum of York ) which was very interesting . Among the exhibits was the original Sans Peril which was built in 1879 to compete in the Rainhill trials , although more powerful it proved not to have the speed of Stephenson’s Rocket. Other exhibits included an express locomotive from 1893 and a special engine built to a design for use in the second world war . Another display featured the APT ( Advanced Passenger Train ) tilting train developed in the 1970’s which recorded speeds of 153 mph but was eventually mothballed . The star of the museum was the engine Winston Churchill and the baggage van that carried his coffin which had been completely restored at the Shildon workshops . Members enjoyed the visit and thanked the tour guide .