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Eagle Radio backs appeal for new Royal Surrey Urology Centre

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Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:00am 29th January 2018.

Eagle Radio has teamed up with The Guildford Flames to support a local appeal raising money for a new, world-class Urology Centre at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

It is hoped it will stand as a national centre of excellence, offering reduced waiting times and fewer diagnosis delays.

Scheduled for completion in September 2018, the centre is being jointly funded by The Prostate Project and the Royal Surrey.

£1.9m has been raised by The Prostate Project so far, but a further £100,000 is needed to reach the £2m target. This is why the 'Race to the Line' Buy-a-Brick campaign has been launched.

Public donations are being match-funded up to £50,000, so the actual amount needed to raise is just £40,000 if all amounts are gift aided.

Urology centre

Tim Sharp is President of The Prostate Project, having helped start the charity 20 years ago.

He told Eagle: "All the highly talented and skilled technicians, clinicians and scientists will be able to work so much more efficiently.

"The Royal Surrey is bursting at the seams, it's dealing with more and more patients every year.

"It can't handle what it has got and this will create a great release valve and enable all of them to work so much more effectively."

Prostate cancer has become the biggest cancer killer of men. It kills one man every hour. 

But Tim says the centre isn't just for men: "It's for anybody with urological problems, men women and children.

"I wouldn't want people to think that it is just a prostate cancer centre, it certainly isn't.

"It's a centre for everybody and it is an NHS centre."

Tim Sharp

Tim Sharp with some of the Guildford Flames team

The inspiration for the 'Buy-a-Brick' appeal came from Guildford Cathedral, which benefited from a similar campaign back in 1952.

"It's wonderful for Guildford" Tim added.

"It is a landmark building, there are very few urology centres in the country and this will be a real flagship not just for Surrey, but for the country.

"It's going to attract some excellent people because people who are involved in urology want to be able to work where they are able to work at their best. This is what this fantastic new building is going to be able to offer them."

 

The new centre has been a long time coming, but was put on hold early in 2017 due to financial problems at the Royal Surrey.

Following an extensive review of the hospital’s urology service, it was later decided to recommence the project.

Chief Executive, Paula Head, said: I am very pleased that we are able to progress this project, which recognises the Trust’s commitment to Urology services and in particular the treatment of prostate cancer.

“The Trust already achieves fantastic outcomes for its urology patients and the new facility will ensure an excellent experience during their treatment.

“I appreciate that the pause, particularly for the Prostate Project and its generous donors has been difficult, but it is now the right time to move this ambitious build forward."

The new Urology Centre is hoped to be up and running by September 2018.

You can buy a brick online via The Prostate Project

 

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