Committed to cancer
20 April 2015
Part of the continued commitment to improving cancer care at Southend Hospital is a £848,000 investment in the move to a new area on the main hospital site for urology and pelvic floor patients.
This new unit, which is set to be completed and open to patients
within the next six months, has already started construction and
will be known as 'The urology and pelvic physiology unit '.
The service has outgrown its current accommodation, which has
been housed in a portacabin, and will now have a state-of-the-art
facility in the middle of the main hospital building that is easily
accessible to patients. The new development will make use of the
old Board Room and the currently empty space behind it.
Southend Hospital is a cancer centre for urology services, a
surgical centre for complex renal cancers and provides a pelvic
floor dysfunction unit for patients from across Essex.
A new, purpose designed unit will provide additional outpatient
space, treatment rooms and test facilities to increase the number
of patients that can be treated and reduce waiting times and the
hospital to increase the number of patients it sees as outpatients
and provide extra space in theatres, meaning that more patients can
be seen and treated more quickly.
At the moment, patients who need assessment of pelvic floor
disorders have to travel to London to access specialist equipment
used for diagnosis. Once our unit is built, we will have the
capability to provide these tests locally. The pelvic floor service
provides a wide range of outpatient services, and brings experts
together to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with
pelvic floor problems:
Mr Sampi Mehta, consultant urological surgeon and clinical lead,
said: "This isn't just a step in the right direction for our
patients and cancer services, it is a huge leap forward. Developing
a urology and pelvic floor unit provides a fantastic opportunity to
increase efficiency, improve patient flow and reduce waiting list
pressures. Much of this can be achieved by delivering services
through the 'one-stop clinic' environment; and this vision can now
become reality as the department is being designed to provide
clinical treatment rooms as well as consulting rooms in one
"In turn, this will provide the vital additional capacity
required to meet the increasing demand for outpatient and day case
procedures thereby enabling the service to achieve its referral to
treatment targets. Most importantly this will enhance the quality
of the patient environment and experience."
It is an area that is expected to continue growing given
Southend urology's Cancer Centre status and the increase in other
work, such as stones and complex kidney cancer cases, now referred