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What's in the pipeline?

To make sure our buildings fit the care we provide, we're planning a series of improvements to our buildings. See details of our planned work below.

  • New Cancer Centre at Guy's Hospital

    Artist's impression of new Cancer Centre at Guy's HospitalOur new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital will allow us to provide the majority of our cancer services in new state of the art facilities. Services such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and outpatients will be combined with the Dimbleby Cancer Centre, a rehabilitation gym and drop in facilities to streamline a patient’s journey. 

    Good progress has continued on the Cancer Centre after planning was approved by Southwark Council in November 2012. This was followed by our contractors, Laing O’Rourke Construction, formally taking over the site in February 2013 in order to begin the demolition phase.

    Construction started in summer 2013.   

    Find out more information on why we are building a new Cancer Centre.

    Download the Cancer Centre newsletters:

    Cancer Centre frequently asked questions| (PDF 1.3Mb). 

    Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the Cancer Centre’s design, construction and the facilities available for patients and visitors. 

  • St Thomas' East Wing external refurbishment

    Artist's impression of the refurbished East Wing by nightWe are working in partnership with contractors ISg to refurbish the façade of the East Wing, between April 2013 and autumn 2014. The building has been a feature of the Westminster skyline since the 1960s but now needs repair and modernisation.

    The refurbishment will add an additional external glazed façade to the existing building, including two full height atria, one of which will incorporate two new dedicated bed lifts. Artwork chosen by our patients and staff will be incorporated into the atria, improving the environment for all who visit East Wing.  

    The project will weather-proof the building, reduce lift waiting times and significantly improve energy efficiency, reducing our carbon footprint. The scheme will be completed in autumn 2014.

    Erecting the tower crane video. It shows the highlights of the tower crane erection in May 2013, the first scheme milestone.   

  • St Thomas' Emergency Floor development

    St Thomas' A&E department is one of the busiest in London. We see on average 380 patients a day, which is more than 135,000 patients per year, with approximately 20% of those patients being admitted to an inpatient bed for further treatment.

    We work hard to see and treat patients as quickly as possible. The national target is to see and treat 95% of patients within four hours; we met this standard in 2012/13, but this will become more difficult as we experience increases in both the number of patients and how ill they are. The current department is too small - this is why the Trust is investing £20 million to rebuild the A&E department at St Thomas’ and redesign the whole ‘pathway’ of emergency care for seriously ill patients who need to be admitted to hospital.

    This will improve the environment for patients with a greater percentage of single rooms with en suite facilities; dedicated facilities designed with the needs of patients presenting with mental health conditions, older people and those patients with dementia. There will also be a separate children's short stay unit for those needing treatment for less than 24 hours.

    The project will also improve the emergency care pathway by moving our two acute medical wards, which admit most patients from A&E, from the 9th and 10th floors of East Wing to the ground floor, so they are much closer to the department.

    At the same time staff are working hard to improve the way that care and the service is provided in the future. Some patients come to us who would be better treated elsewhere, for example in the Urgent Care Centre at Guy’s or by their GP. We will be working with GPs and community staff to provide better alternatives.

    All emergency care services will remain open throughout the redevelopment, which started in March 2014 and is due for completion in March 2016.

  • Guy's Tower Wing external refurbishment

    Tower Wing in the London skyline

    The Guy's Tower refurbishment involves essential work to secure the future of the building, including concrete cleaning and repairs, installation of energy efficient cladding and replacing windows. The project will deliver a modern, energy efficient building, reduce our carbon footprint and maintain the Tower for the next generation.

    The contractors, Balfour Beatty, began enabling works for the scheme in April 2012, marking the beginning of investment in the building which will renew the landmark tower over the next 18 months. You can watch work in progress via the project web cam below.

    As part of the scheme, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity have commissioned a sculpture that will form part of the refurbishment. Constructed of lightweight steel, the sculpture will be situated on the communications tower roof and be illuminated at night. Recladding work will be completed in December 2013 and the rooftop artwork installation will be completed in spring 2014.

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  • Dermatology, lupus and rheumatology facilities

    We're improving our dermatology, lupus and rheumatology services by moving these clinics to newly refurbished and improved facilities at Guy’s Hospital.

    In March 2013, dermatology outpatients successfully relocated to the ground floor of the Bermondsey Wing at Guy’s Hospital; the remaining services are expected to move from August 2014.

    We're not planning to move dermatological services such as epidermolysis bullosa (EB) and children's services, or the dermatology surgery and laser unit (this will be relocating into the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s in 2016).

    Many conditions and treatments require the care of different clinicians and services, but these are currently not provided in the same place. By locating services onto one site healthcare professionals will be able to work together, alongside academic and research teams, to provide even better care for you.

    The project also provides a great opportunity to improve upon the environment by offering treatment in bright, modern facilities designed to improve your experience. Art will be used within each clinic to help create a calm and welcoming environment.

    All dermatology, lupus and rheumatology services will all remain open throughout the relocation project, which is due for completion in early 2015.

    Download more information about the services relocating (PDF 136Kb), for further details about the phased moves.

  • Mary Seacole memorial statue

    Plans are underway to erect a bronze statue of Crimean war heroine and nursing icon Mary Seacole at St Thomas'. Funded by the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal, it will be the first statue to honour a named black woman in the UK. 

    A quarter scale model of the planned statue was unveiled on Tuesday 29 October at St Thomas'. Jamaican born of Scottish-Creole descent, Mary Seacole set up a 'British Hotel' behind the lines during the Crimean War, which helped wounded servicemen on the battlefield. She was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991, and in 2004 she was voted the greatest black Briton. 

    The commissioned statue will be unveiled in 2015 and will stand in the gardens of St Thomas' opposite the Houses of Parliament.

    There is a precedent for hosting memorials to key figures from history at St Thomas', and given her historic contributions to the field of nursing, a memorial to Mary Seacole is an appropriate addition to the cultural landscape of the hospital.

    Mary Seacole memorial design boards

    The planned design for the Mary Seacole memorial statue

    Mary Seacole factsheet

    Factsheet explaining who Mary Seacole was, about the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal and how you can support
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We want to hear your views

We want to place the views of staff, patients and visitors at the heart of our thinking.

For more information about our planned developments, please email 2020vision@gstt.nhs.uk|

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