New Cancer Centre at Guy's Hospital
We are building a new, state of the art Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital. Most of our patients will come to the centre to have their treatments, allowing us to give them seamless care.
The centre will be a hub for south east London, providing specialist cancer services, training, development and research. This will also help us to improve both cancer treatments and outcomes.
We currently provide cancer services in a number of different locations within Guy's and St Thomas’ hospitals. Most cancer care will move to the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s, although some services, research and training will continue to be provided in other areas of our hospitals. These will be closely linked to the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s.
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Why build a new Cancer Centre?
We want to be known locally, nationally and internationally for high quality cancer care, research and training and development.
We aim to be:
- patient centred - with patients at the heart of our services they can benefit from exceptional patient experience and access to care
- research driven - so that patients can benefit from cutting-edge research and the latest technologies. Our researchers and clinicians will lead the way in discovering the causes of cancer and developing new treatments
- clinically led - our highly experienced staff help to make sure our cancer services are of the highest quality.
We can treat more patients
- we will be able to treat more patients with cancer - about 6,500 patients per year
- the centre will delivery 80,000 radiotherapy treatments per year, compared to 47,500 currently. This would maintain our position as the most efficient in London and make us amongst the best in the NHS.
We will give better care
- with most cancer services being brought together in one place, we will improve patients’ day to day experiences using our services. For example, they will not need to travel between sites as they currently do
- with researchers and the clinical teams caring for patients being in the same building, it will be easier for them to exchange information with each other
- the centre will improve the way we provide our services, so we can provide care closer to home. For example, we will support a new radiotherapy site in south east London
- many of our cancer specialists will be brought together, which will offer better support and management for rare condition
- after receiving the specialist care at the centre, some patients will carry on their treatment in a hospital closer to home, supported by local community based health, social care and voluntary services. The cancer centre will be used to support and strengthen all of these relationships.
We will provide better training and research
Our cancer specialists will benefit from having other clinical and research professionals working in the same building.
The centre will support the development of a wider range of research tools including:
- bio-banking – the collection and storage of cancer tissue samples, which can be used by other researchers in the future.
- bioinformatics – the application of computer science and IT to biology and medicine.
- clinical trials activities.
How are patients and stakeholders involved?
Since early 2011, our project team, patients and staff have been working with the design team of Laing O’Rourke Construction, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners Architects, and Anshen and Allen Architects to create the design details for the new Cancer Centre.
We have involved patients who have used our existing cancer services in our work to design the building. Their contribution at all stages is helping to make sure that the building is designed from both a patient and staff perspective.
A number of public exhibitions have been held and the feedback gathered has been instrumental in the design developments, from treatment facilities to public spaces.
In addition stakeholder engagement has been, and will continue to be, a key priority as we move forward with the construction of the new Cancer Centre. A number of community meetings have been arranged to discuss the on-going work and any local concerns. If you would like more information on these meetings please contact Dipannita Betal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is funding the new Cancer Centre?
The building will be mostly funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.
A £15 million appeal has been launched to complete the Cancer Centre. Find out how you can support the appeal and help our cancer patients receive the finest care possible.