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About the Cancer Centre

 

Cancer

Cancer Centre at Guy's

Our new, state-of-the-art Cancer Centre welcomed its first patients on 26 September 2016.

The new centre brings most of our cancer care under one roof, alongside ground-breaking research and clinical trials, helping us to improve cancer treatments and outcomes.

Why we built a new Cancer Centre

At Guy’s Cancer, our vision is to be "a world leader in caring for people with cancer – continuously innovating to improve the lives of our patients".

The new building was designed to help us deliver this vision through our three key aims to be:

  • patient-centred – putting patients at the heart of our services so that they can access the best possible care and experience
  • research-driven – helping our patients to benefit from cutting-edge research and the latest technologies
  • clinically-led – our highly experienced staff strive to ensure that our cancer services are of the highest quality.
  • Treating more patients

    The new Cancer Centre will help us to treat more patients with cancer – about 6,500 each year.

    We will also be able to deliver more radiotherapy treatments, up from 47,500 to 80,000 per year.

  • Better, patient-centred care

    Contacts

    Cancer Centre at Guy's reception:
    Tel: 020 7188 7188 (ext 56805)
    (8am-8pm, Monday to Friday)

    Cancer helpline for our current patients:
    0207 188 3754
    (8.30am-6pm, Monday to Friday)

    Treating more patients

    • The new Cancer Centre will help us to treat more patients with cancer – about 6,500 each year.
    • We deliver more radiotherapy treatments, up from 47,500 to 80,000 per year.
    • The Cancer Centre is the first place in Europe to offer radiotherapy above ground level.

    Are you a private patient?

    London Bridge Hospital, Private Care at Guy’s  opened to patients in the Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital in April 2017.

    This expansion of the existing London Bridge Hospital is run by HCA Healthcare UK, part of the world’s largest private hospital group, on the top four floors of the Cancer Centre at Guy’s.

  • Better training and research

    Alongside patient care, the new Cancer Centre is also a hub for Guy’s Cancer’s research and clinical trials. The hub is home to:

    • biobank – the collection and storage of cancer tissue samples which can be used by researchers to understand how different cancers behave and develop better treatments
    • bioinformatics – the application of computer science and IT to biology and medicines
    • clinical trials activity – to better understand how effective new treatments and technologies are.

Watch our film

Watch our film about why we built the new Cancer Centre at Guy's.

  • Building a new Cancer Centre at Guy's Hospital – video transcript

    Alastair Gourlay, programme director for the Cancer Centre: We want to create an environment in the building where patients feel supported, where they feel safe, where they feel comfortable.

    Dr Majid Kazmi, clinical director of cancer services: I've been involved in Guy's and St Thomas' Cancer Centre project for over a decade - and it's been a long journey. But as we see the building going up now the sense of excitement is building, and I'm getting more and more excited about what the future will hold.

    Alastair: Currently there are some patients who come to our hospital who in the course of their treatment might have to go to thirteen different locations in eight different buildings on two different sites. So having them all in one building is fantastic. Having them in a building with research taking place in the building is even better.

    Majid: When patients walk in to the Cancer Centre I hope they'll get a sense of amazement and inspiration in the building itself, but also confidence that they're getting the best treatment possible. But more than that, what we really hope they'll notice is that all the services have been designed around their needs.

    Diana Crawshaw, chair of the patient reference group: It really has been very encouraging to know that we, as patients, and particularly the reference group, because we're representing many patients, are being involved in the patient pathway.

    Alastair: Well, we've talked to patients a lot about their experience of cancer treatment. We've involved patients in the process of carrying out the design. We're really proud that we have a really good patient stakeholder group. And we involve patients in every decision. One of the key themes that came through from patients was that people who had experienced radiotherapy tend to have to go and do it in the basement and they feel like they're going down into an airless dungeon for their treatment. And the plea from patients was please, please can we be above ground, in an area with natural light’. The design that we chose has the radiotherapy department on the second floor.

    Majid: In the Cancer Centre everything will be different. So we've got a concept of no unnecessary wait. So what that means for patients is we will schedule them effectively throughout the day so they're not hanging around waiting for things to happen. We will also make it easy for staff to work and be more mobile with their working we'll make the environment more conducive to calm, tranquillity but also have all the cutting-edge equipment that we need to deliver 21st century cancer care.

    Diana: Everything is being thought about very carefully. But the idea of light and colour is going to add so much to the dimension of cancer treatment.

    Majid: What excites me most about this Cancer Centre will be the fact that it will be a beacon of excellence in cancer care in south east London. We will look after our local population, but we'll also attract patients from wider afield, from the rest of London, from the rest of the UK and even internationally, to come and get the best cancer care possible.

 

Funding the new Cancer Centre

Largely funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, the Cancer Centre at Guy’s was made possible by a grant of £25 million from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and a £15 million grant awarded to King’s College London from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (managed by the Higher Education Funding Council) for a Research and Innovation Hub in the new centre.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity has also provided a grant of £1.7 million for a visual and performing arts programme – no NHS funds have been spent on the arts.

Philanthropists from across the UK, US, Hong Kong and Singapore have so far donated a further £6m to the new Cancer Centre, including Dimbleby Cancer Care, who donated £2m and who provide an information and support service in the new building.

We are exceptionally grateful to the more than 3,000 generous patients, families, supporters and Trust staff who together raised an incredible £1.1million – by donating, running, cycling, climbing, abseiling, baking and dancing – to help make the Cancer Centre a reality.

Find out how you can support Guy’s Cancer and help our cancer patients receive the best possible care.


 (Photo this page: Morley Von Sternberg.)

 

 

Contacts

Cancer Centre at Guy's reception:
Tel: 020 7188 7188 (ext 56805)
(8am-8pm, Monday to Friday)

Cancer helpline for our current patients:
0207 188 3754
(8.30am-6pm, Monday to Friday)

Treating more patients

  • The new Cancer Centre will help us to treat more patients with cancer – about 6,500 each year.
  • We deliver more radiotherapy treatments, up from 47,500 to 80,000 per year.
  • The Cancer Centre is the first place in Europe to offer radiotherapy above ground level.

Are you a private patient?

London Bridge Hospital, Private Care at Guy’s  opened to patients in the Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital in April 2017.

This expansion of the existing London Bridge Hospital is run by HCA Healthcare UK, part of the world’s largest private hospital group, on the top four floors of the Cancer Centre at Guy’s.

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