Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust open its new state-of-the-art Cancer Centre
In September 2016, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust opened its new state-of-the-art Cancer Centre to provide radiotherapy, chemotherapy and outpatient services for oncology patients. The Centre has been designed with the help of patients. It is the first cancer centre in Europe to provide radiotherapy treatment above ground level after patients said this would make a huge difference to them.
Diana Crawshaw, who chairs the Patient Reference Group which shaped the Cancer Centre, said: “Patients have been consulted at every stage and no decision has been made without us. Our views have been welcomed, listened to and acted on. Locating radiotherapy treatment above ground in response to patient feedback is just one of many examples.”
The Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital has been developed to enhance patient care, as the transfer of patients between Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals to outpatient and chemotherapy appointments was previously proving to be problematic for patients. Having the facilities under one roof, clinicians have faster access to services. The new radiotherapy service will increase radiotherapy treatment capacity by 68% increasing from 47,500 to 80,000 per year. The first outpatient clinics were held in the new building in September whilst radiotherapy treatment started in November as part of a phased opening.
Dr Majid Kazmi, Clinical Director of Cancer Services at Guy’s and St Thomas’, said: “It is fantastic to welcome the first patients to our new Cancer Centre. It is the culmination of more than 10 years of planning and working in partnership with our patients to create a building to transform cancer care.”