Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has accepted the keys to its new world-class £5.92m urology centre.
They were presented to Professor Stephen Langley, Professor and Clinical Director of Urology, marking the completion of the project’s construction phase. The project was supported by charitable donations of over £2.5 million from The Prostate Project.
Royal Surrey is already known as a centre of excellence in the treatment of prostate cancer, treating more men with early disease than any other hospital in the UK.
Using the very latest techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of urological conditions, this new centre will allow patients to be seen and investigated more quickly with new one-stop clinics for those with suspected of prostate or bladder cancer.
Louise Stead, Royal Surrey’s Chief Executive said: “We have always provided the highest standards of care and outcomes, but this new facility will help us to achieve even more for our patients.
“The opportunity for collaborative working, research and more efficient treatment pathways is significant.”
Professor Langley added: “It was around 10 years ago that this project was first conceived. I wanted to create somewhere for patients to be treated that reflected the innovation and commitment to excellence that the clinicians working in it demonstrated every day.
“To bring such an ambitious project to life I knew would take something special and the Prostate Project was just what we needed.”
The centre, which is to be named after Prostate Project founder and tireless fundraiser, Colin Stokes MBE is a great example of just how much can be achieved when the community, voluntary and public sectors work together towards a common goal.
Louise Stead continued: “It has been a long journey to get here and I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved.
“We can now move onto the next exciting phase, which is to kit it out with all the equipment and furniture we need to start seeing patients in it, which we plan to do late November.”
Professor Langley said: “While the clinical outcomes of our robotic surgery and brachytherapy are amongst the very best in the world, we now have a world class centre in which to treat our patients and I believe that the high quality of the building will inspire a great sense of confidence in the quality of the care that patients will receive.
“What makes this centre so special is that it would not have been possible without the generosity of so many local people.
“The Stokes Centre for Urology will act as a beacon in the NHS as to what can be achieved when we all pull together. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible.”
Tim Sharp, President of the Prostate Project said: “We are all so proud of this achievement. Our success at raising this enormous amount of money (approx. £2.6million) is entirely due to the generosity of our supporters many of whom have been giving to us regularly for years. It is a wonderful demonstration of how a community can come together with the NHS to deliver truly world-class result.”
For those looking to contribute to our Urology Centre please visit http://www.prostate-project.org.uk/