The Stokes Centre for Urology is a vision for how cancer can be treated differently. The Prostate Project teamed up with the NHS to try and bring a number of specialist services under one roof – including diagnosis, treatment, recovery, outpatients, and research. This would mean that patients could receive care from a single team throughout their battle with prostate cancer or other urological illnesses.
Cancer treatment can be hugely stressful, and we knew we had a responsibility to create as welcoming and comforting an environment as possible. We also needed our design to reflect the centre’s “one team” approach – all while working to a tight budget.
As we saw it, the collaboration element was what would make the centre unique. We arranged the first floor around a central corridor, with a range of workspaces including a lecture room, meeting rooms, and a large, open-plan office.
On the ground floor, patients, visitors and staff can use naturally lit spaces, with air conditioning throughout. Our interior design team used a neutral palette, with colour schemes inspired by nature and wallpaper featuring graphics of trees.
This helps to blur the boundary between indoor and outdoor spaces – including a courtyard where patients and staff can relax.
The Stokes Centre for Urology is proof that more efficient working practices can go hand in hand with a friendly, calming environment. It has attracted referrals from across the UK and beyond and has plans to collaborate with the University of Surrey to support its ongoing research.
“This wonderful new building allows us to deliver the best care to our patients that we all strive to achieve. Now the environment matches the quality of our clinical outcomes. By the minute patients walk through the door of our centre they relax knowing that they will receive the highest quality of care. It is a privilege to work in such a fantastic unit…”– DONNA HIGGINS, LEAD CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST, ROYAL SURREY COUNTY HOSPITAL