13 May 2019: 11:32 am
Cancer treatment unit at Kingston Hospital opens
A new haematology day unit for cancer patients has officially opened its doors at Kingston Hospital.
A third floor has been built by Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust onto the Sir William Rous Unit, which provides cancer services, to create The Maxwell Thorne Haematology Day Unit.
The building was opened in March by the families of the late Maxwell Thorne who donated money to the hospital, and Sir William Rous who the building was named after when it opened a decade ago.
The day unit received support from Kingston Hospital Charity and can accommodate 3000 patients every year. It offers 12 treatment chairs, a quiet room for patients, a waiting area and rooftop terrace for patients to sit outside after their treatment.
Sarah Evans, clinical director of cancer services at Kingston Hospital, said: “The new Haematology Day Unit will provide a calming environment for patients while they receive treatment, and allow the hospital to deliver chemotherapy to more haematology patients every year.
“The new unit also gives staff a pleasant environment to work in, which boosts morale and in turn allows them to deliver the very best care to our patients.”