Sir William Rous Unit
The Sir William Rous Unit brings the specialist cancer expertise of The Royal Marsden to Kingston Hospital. The Unit provides a range of diagnostic and outpatient services close to patients' homes:
- joint outpatient and diagnostic clinics where patients with suspected cancer can rapidly have tests and results managed by Royal Marsden consultants working alongside their Kingston counterparts
- outpatient chemotherapy treatment for local patients managed by specialist staff from The Royal Marsden for breast, gastrointestinal, lung and urological cancers
- advice and clinical support for Kingston Hospital inpatients with a new diagnosis of cancer from visiting Royal Marsden oncologists
- the opportunity for patients to take part in oncology trials closer to home, supported by the National Cancer Research Network, The Royal Marsden Hospital and Kingston Hospital
- a patient information and support service managed by Macmillan Cancer Support
- access to support services such as counselling and complementary therapies managed by Kingston Hospital.
The Unit is a unique partnership between Kingston Hospital, The Royal Marsden and Macmillan Cancer Support.
History of the Unit
The Unit is dedicated to Sir William Rous who was Chairman of Kingston Hospital from December 1996 to 1999.
Committed to the improvement of services and the hospital, his experience as a patient led him to contemplate changes that could be made to improve care, especially for cancer patients.
The Kingstoncan charity appeal was launched to raise funds for the development of on-site oncology service for the benefit of the local community. Kingston Hospital, in collaboration with The Royal Marsden Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Support, opened the Sir William Rous Unit in June 2008.