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Design Award For the New Stokes Centre at the Royal Surrey

Published on: 13 Dec, 2020
Updated on: 15 Dec, 2020

The entrance to the new Urology Centre.

The urology clinic at the Royal Surrey County Hospital has won the Social Impact award from the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (Rics) in Healthcare 2020, thanks to its design that improves the dignity and wellbeing of thousands of prostate and bladder cancer patients treated there.

The Rics award celebrates buildings that have a positive human and social impact and the Stokes Centre offers world-class treatment in attractive surroundings that reassure patients at a difficult time.

As well as offering specialist services for diagnosis, treatment and recovery all under one roof, the centre incorporates a calm, relaxed environment, colour schemes inspired by nature, comfort lighting and a welcoming reception area.

The centre was built and opened in 2019 after 10 years of tireless fundraising by Guildford cancer charity, the Prostate Project. They raised £3million through more than 9,000 individual donations, matched by a £3million investment from Royal Surrey.

There is a research laboratory and a state-of-the-art operating theatre for brachytherapy, which uses tiny radioactive seeds to treat prostate cancer. The unit, largest in Europe, has helped more than 5,000 patients.

Prostate cancer is the biggest cancer killer of men in the UK, with more than 47,000 diagnoses every year.

Professor Stephen Langley (left) with the Duke of Kent when he opened the centre in 2019

Royal Surrey’s Professor Stephen Langley, the director of urology who conceived the project, said: “We were conscious when planning the centre that we wanted to create a place where patients at a very anxious time in their lives, facing a potential cancer diagnosis, could feel inspired and reassured that when they entered the building they were in a centre of excellence.

“We are absolutely delighted to receive the RICS award celebrating our achievement. The successful teamwork between the Prostate Project and the NHS has set a precedent that is sure to inspire other projects.”

Alf Turner

Alf Turner, chair of the Prostate Project, said: “I want to thank the thousands of generous supporters who have helped make this happen, ensuring Royal Surrey remains a world leader in the care and treatment of prostate cancer.”

See also: Duke of Kent Opens State-of-the-art Urology Centre at the Royal Surrey County Hospital

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    December 14, 2020 at 1:30 am

    I would like to add my praise for the Stokes Centre. I had reason to attend it for the first time last Thursday for a consultation and a procedure and I have to say I was very impressed with the facility.

    The waiting area is very pleasant and relaxing and the other outpatient facilities at the RSCH pale into insignificance in comparison. The centre staff were also very welcoming and put you at your ease on arrival and prior to carrying out a procedure.

    All in all, well done.

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