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Urology Centre at the Royal Surrey County Hospital

The creation of a Urology Centre by a volunteer led prostate cancer charity to give men a better chance of beating prostate cancer. Less than 3% admin costs. £6 million has been raised in 14 years. Internationally acclaimed clinical and scientific achievements. Championing prostate cancer awareness

Around three years to completion.

Charity information: The Prostate Project

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  • Need


    A current severe lack of space in the hospital for prostate cancer patients and staff, long waiting times, diagnostic delays, lack of easily available specialist equipment, fragmented and delayed diagnostic procedures and treatment programmes and also University of Surrey researchers (part funded by The Prostate Project) take pot luck on rooms being available, regularly being moved on during meetings. In essence, the profile and awareness of prostate cancer and other urological illnesses is low.


    Prostate Cancer patients will benefit from an integrated service in a dedicated environment. Excellent working conditions for the medical and nursing staff will facilitate the recruitment of world leading specialists. The Centre will also provide leading diagnosis and treatment for other urological conditions for both women and men such as bladder cancer. In addition, the centre will release significant space within the hospital which will be of benefit to other medical areas and their patients.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give men a better chance of beating prostate cancer.


    » Raise the funds to enable the construction of the Centre. The hospital will build, man and run it. The site has already been ear-marked.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the raising of the profile of prostate cancer so that men get tested sooner in their lives in order to enable treatment and thus save many lives (and expense).

    Aim 2

    To keep admin costs below 3% of donations so that at least 97% goes straight to the point of need.


    » It is a volunteer led charity.

    What success will look like

    Success is the careful monitoring of costs to ensure that administration is kept to an absolute minimum by employing mostly volunteers who will often pay out of pocket costs

    Aim 3

    To fund pioneering clinical and scientific research to bring benefits to patients within 5 years.


    » To support the team of urology specialists at the University of Surrey. Their ability to achieve more is hampered only by a lack of funding.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the realisation of this work by the introduction of new procedures so that earlier diagnosis is achieved and also treatment of prostate cancer deaths are reduced.

    Aim 4

    To encourage awareness and early PSA testing to reduce the high prostate cancer death rate.


    » Riase the profile of prostate cancer and the need for early testing by creating this centre of excellence at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

    What success will look like

    Success will be reducing the current annual death rate of circa 10,000 from around 40,000 men diagnosed annually with prostate cancer and men living longer after its diagnosis.

    Aim 5

    To encourage awareness that 89% of early detected prostate cancers are completely cured.


    » Encourage GPs to get men tested, using the new urine test when it is approved, so that prostate cancer can either be ruled out or treated early.

    What success will look like

    Success will be statistics that will show that early detection not only saves and prolongs lives but it also saves valuable funds that can be used to save other cancer patients.

  • Impact


    A reduction in expensive operations on men's prostate glands following earlier diagnosis of the disease. Men (and women) will be treated better in the Urology Centre with better outcomes. The hospital will increase its specialist numbers, their quality and benefit from a much closer relationship with the researchers in the University of Surrey who are currently working on ground-breaking diagnosis of prostate cancer and its treatment. Less than the current 10,000 men a year will die from it.


    The hospital could build another specialist facility instead of a Urology Centre if the timetable is not adhered to. However we have already raised nearly £700,000 for the project since February 2011and are in regular contact with the hospital authorities to ensure that the Urology Centre will be created. The hospital has confirmed that the project will go ahead provided we can raise around 50% of the total funds needed by the New Year, ie, £1.1m - hence our £100,000 target from the Big Give.


    Via the Prostate Project website (
    and regular newsletters. The Pint-A-Week Appeal to raise money for the Urology Centre is supported by The Surrey Advertiser which runs regular articles on those donating to the charity and many whose names will be in the "Hall of Fame".

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,300,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £125,014 Construction Substructure
      £486,167 ditto Structure
      £152,795 ditto Finishes and fittings
      £312,536 ditto Services 1
      £312,536 ditto Services 2
      £166,686 ditto Preliminaries
      £155,574 ditto Contingencies
      £205,359 ditto Professional Fees
      £383,333 ditto VAT

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Univar £30,000 Guaranteed
    Mr Colin Brumpton £30,250 Guaranteed
    Professor Stephen Langley £15,000 Guaranteed
    Mr John Davies £15,000 Guaranteed
    Milford Golf Club £15,000 Guaranteed
    Guildford Lions £7,500 Guaranteed
    Knauf Drywall £7,500 Guaranteed
    Peter & Jackie Allis £7,500 Guaranteed
    Mayor of Surrey Heath £7,500 Guaranteed
    Hammer Bottom Charitable Trust £7,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Royal Surrey County Hospital just west of Guildford is central to the SW Surrey Cancer network. Its St Lukes Cancer Wing enables the hospital to become a focus for cancer traetment and care in Surrey, indeed in the SE and further afield. The Urology Centre site is within the hospital land.

    Uniquely we have in place a world class team of consulttants, specialist nurses, technicians and scientists who are already internationally recognised for their pioneering clinical and research work.


    Patients will certainly benefit as current out patient conditions, shared with other hospital departments, are far from ideal when many people and their families are told that they are suffering from cancer. Often patients will be assessed in one appointoment rather than having to return for further tests. The hospital will also benefit from increased patient turnover and the new Centre will attract world class clinicians and scientists (working closely with the hospital cancer specialists).

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Prostate Project, formed 14 years ago, has raised £5million to establish a professor (Hardev Pandha) and a team within the adjacent University of Surrey. They are close to seeing their urine test discovery rolled out to GPs to replace the current PSA test. Other breakthrough studies are under way. The Prostate Project is a volunteer run charity withadministarive costs of less than 3%. It has already helped the RSCH achieve "centre of excellence" status in the treatment of prostate cancer.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Colin Stokes

    Founder Chairman and inspiration for the charity

    Professor Stephen Langley

    Consultant urological surgeon and Clinical director for Urology at the Royal Surrey County Hospital

    Tim Sharp

    PR expert responsible for establishing support from the Surrey Advertiser which publishes regular reports on the project and its fund raising

    Peter Seaton

    Organises and chairs patient support group meetings in the Guildford and Frimley area.