NEWS17 June 2022

£6.2million plans for Surrey Cancer Centre

Cancer patients in Surrey and the South East will benefit from £6.2million plans to expand and modernise the region’s major cancer treatment centre at the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, adjacent to Surrey Research Park.

The plans for the Royal Surrey County Hospital’s St Luke’s Cancer Centre double the amount of clinical space to support the increasing demand for its cancer services. They also create welcoming, patient-focused spaces with more facilities and easy access between waiting areas, clinical rooms and patient services.

Royal Surrey is a nationally leading specialist centre with expertise in a wide range of cancers. St Luke’s Cancer Centre – the hospital’s unit for day patients receiving cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy – was built 25 years ago and much of the building remains unchanged despite a sharp increase in patient footfall. Demand for cancer care continues to grow as earlier cancer diagnosis opens up more treatment opportunities at earlier stages than has typically been possible in the past.

Sharadah Essapen, Chief of Service for Oncology and Consultant Oncologist, said:

“We provide an outstanding cancer service with some of the best patient outcomes in the country and we are excited to be improving the environment in which we treat our patients. The current unit opened in 1997 and the hospital now serves around 6,000 extra patients a year – a number we anticipate will keep growing. These plans will allow us to continue to meet the growing demand and, ultimately, save more lives.”

“Comfort, privacy and convenience for patients have been prioritised in these plans – we really have developed them with patients’ needs at the heart.”

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