Cancer centre, opened by The Countess of Wessex, offers ‘a better everything’ for patients in Windsor. Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex, declared the refurbished Kensington Cancer Centre at BMI The Princess Margaret Hospital in Windsor, officially open.
The centre is for people receiving chemotherapy, palliative care and personal support for a range of cancers – breast, cervical, kidney, oesophageal, ovarian, prostate, skin, testicular and womb. Altogether, it delivers more than 3,200 treatments each year.
Staff and patients at the hospital, in Osborne Road, Windsor, met and spoke with The Countess of Wessex as she toured the individual treatment ‘pods’, the outpatients’ reception and the therapy and consulting rooms.
Jayne Cassidy, Executive Director at BMI Princess Margaret Hospital, said: “The redevelopment of the Kensington Cancer Centre is actually more than the refurbishment of a building; we have updated our care pathways in line with patient expectations and with their input, and have worked with consultant oncologists to establish systemic anti-cancer therapy services.”
In common with other wards, The Kensington Cancer Centre was named after Royal residences. Its refurbishment represents a significant investment from the hospital’s parent company, BMI Healthcare, and was driven by Miss Cassidy, Director of Clinical Services Helen Brasier and Clinical Services Manager Lisa Church.
The centre’s counselling and quiet room, The Ashford Room, was named in recognition of consultant clinical oncologist Dr Richard Ashford for his commitment to cancer patients and his valued input into the planning of the centre.
He said: “It was a great honour and surprise to have a room named after me. I was pleased to support the refurbishment of our unit. We now have a better space, with better facilities for both patients and staff. There is more privacy and the quiet room away from the clinical area is a significant improvement. With the modern support services that the hospital offers we now have a better everything really.”
To conclude the official opening, The Countess received a posy from housekeeper Jane Martin, on behalf of staff and consultants.
The opening, on 17 September 2018, came 38 years after the hospital itself was officially opened by Princess Margaret.
17th September 2018