A new £6 million state-of-the-art urology centre that will deliver cutting edge treatment and research for patients from across Surrey and beyond, has been given a royal seal of approval.
The Stokes Centre for Urology at Royal Surrey County Hospital, which was built with £3m from more than 9,000 donations from the community through the Prostate Project.
Staff demonstrated some of the ground-breaking work to HRH The Duke of Kent.
His Royal Highness was given a guided tour by Consultant Urological Surgeon, Professor Stephen Langley, who is one of the world’s leading prostate cancer specialists, before unveiling a commemorative plaque.
On opening the centre, His Royal Highness, said: “It is a hugely impressive project and it is a testament to those people who had the idea and who worked so hard to raise so much money.
“I congratulate everybody.”
Royal Surrey is already one of the largest centres for the treatment of prostate cancer in Europe and among the top centres in the world, achieving some of the best outcomes for patients using the latest robotic surgical techniques and prostate brachytherapy, which uses tiny radioactive seeds to treat the disease.
The new facility will enable the Trust’s specialist team to see and treat patients in a best-in-class facility that matches their skills and expertise.
Professor Langley said: “This centre is going to inspire patients to have confidence when they are at a most anxious and vulnerable time in their lives facing a potential cancer diagnosis.
“Conceived as an idea 10 years ago, it is a dream come true to see this fabulous centre open, which matches the outstanding clinical results we are able to deliver to our patients.
“We will be able to treat more patients, more quickly using the latest techniques in the type of surroundings we would like to be cared for.
“This building is a beacon to the NHS and what can be achieved when the community and the local hospital work together.”
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the UK, with over 12,000 men dying of it each year.
The building is named after dedicated fundraiser and Prostate Project Chairman, Colin Stokes, and features a cutting edge brachytherapy theatre, ultramodern consulting and treatment rooms, as well as a small laboratory for research.
Colin Stokes, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Prostate Project said: “This wonderful day is the culmination of 10 years intensive fundraising.
“On behalf of our trustees, I want to thank each and every one of the thousands of generous supporters who have helped create this landmark new Centre.
“We believe it is the largest NHS investment in Urological services for a decade and the only stand-alone building in the UK dedicated and purpose built for Urology patients – men and women will receive the finest care available in a state-of-the art facility.”
Louise Stead, Chief Executive of Royal Surrey, said: “Royal Surrey is already proud to be a world leader in the care and treatment of prostate cancer, ensuring our patients benefit from the most advanced therapy available close to home.
“The new centre will ensure that this exceptional care and treatment will now be delivered from a modern and purpose built facility that will benefit both our patients and their families for many years to come.
“I would like to thank the Prostate Project and its generous donors for their commitment and tireless fundraising efforts that have helped make this ambitious project a reality.”