November 1, 2011
The Friends tour the development of the new Endoscopy Suite at the Royal Surrey
The Royal Surrey has been given a very generous donation of £100,000 from the Friends of Cobham Hospital to go towards the new Endoscopy Suite that is currently being built at the Trust. The cheque was presented to Royal Surrey Chairman Peter Dunt and Chief Executive Nick Moberly on Monday 31st October by Chairman Howard Macdonald and other representatives from the Committee of the Friends.
This gift was made as a result of a presentation by Dr Christopher Tibbs, Royal Surrey Medical Director and Endoscopy Consultant, at the Extraordinary General Meeting of the Friends during which he explained the work of the Endoscopy Unit at the Trust. The Royal Surrey has treated some 5,242 outpatients from Cobham and surrounding areas; 1,200 of these subsequently were treated as inpatients in the past year with a further 107 from the area receiving treatment in the Royal Surrey’s current Endoscopy Unit. The Royal Surrey is a centre of excellence for endoscopy and is the hub of cancer screening in the South of England.
In the last five years the Endoscopy department at the Royal Surrey has expanded the repertoire and technical complexity of the treatment they provide and they are now amongst the most advanced in the country. The development of the new Endoscopy Suite will allow for twice as many endoscopy rooms, compared to the current facilities and enable them to build a state of the art decontamination unit. All of these developments will hugely benefit the patients they treat. The new Endoscopy Unit will provide much more space and treatment rooms and the donation of £100,000 from the Friends of Cobham Cottage Hospital will greatly help this service.
Charlotte Langley, Director of Fundraising at the Royal Surrey County Hospital said;
“We are enormously grateful to the Friends of Cobham Cottage Hospital for their generosity and support of our wonderful new Endoscopy Unit which will so improve the patient experience and enable us to treat the increasing number of people who need endoscopies.
“We are already running an out of hours service in our old two room unit after hours and over the weekend in order to cope with demand. Having more properly equipped rooms will make all the difference.
“We are so fortunate to have this wonderful gift as it will help us to complete the fundraising for the new unit in time for its opening next Summer. We look forward to welcoming Howard Macdonald and his fellow Committee members to the Royal Surrey next week when we will show them the plans for the new unit.”
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