Useful Information About Cancer Care at Kingston

About us

Our cancer services are run in partnership with the Royal Marsden Hospital, a world-leading provider of cancer care and St George’s Hospital, a fellow NHS South West London Trust. Services are delivered at Kingston Hospital.

The Sir William Rous Unit, opened in 2008, is for people with cancer, or concerned they have cancer.

Outpatients are seen at both sites, with inpatient and day case surgery provided at Kingston Hospital. We also provide systemic therapy for blood cancers and solid tumours.

The Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is part of the RM Partners. RM Partners, the west London Cancer Alliance, is leading on the delivery of the recommendations in NHS England’s National Cancer Strategy to transform cancer services and improve outcomes and experience for its population.

We have links with other services provided at the Royal Marsden, and at St George’s Hospital.

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Here is some of the feedback we have had from patients about our cancer services:

What we do

Kingston Hospital provides diagnosis, treatment and support services for people with most types of cancer.  For most people, we aim to confirm or rule out a cancer diagnosis within 28 days of your GP referral.  If you need treatment at another hospital we aim to refer you within 38 days of your GP referral to Kingston Hospital. 

I’ve received an urgent referral to Kingston Hospital.  What happens now?

Your GP has arranged an urgent referral so that your symptoms can be investigated to help us find out what is wrong and whether or not it could be cancer.  We will contact you by phone within a couple of days of receiving your GP referral to arrange for you to attend diagnostic tests, or an appointment with a doctor or specialist nurse.  It’s likely that this will happen within 7 days of your GP referral. 

Visit our cancer pages to find out more detail about what to expect:

Cancer Services
Cancer and Fertility
Cancer Counselling Service
Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP)
Cancer Care FAQs

Tests and investigations

It’s important that we find out what could be wrong as quickly as we can.  You will be asked to come for tests and investigations at very short notice, sometimes the same day. 

Please reschedule all non-urgent daily activity and do you best to attend these appointments.

Scans – CT Scans (including PET scan), UltrasoundMRI
Blood tests
Endoscopy and colonoscopy

Support and advice 

When you are affected by cancer, it is essential that you can get the support and advice you need, at the time you need it. We provide a wide range of support services to help patients and their families cope with the emotional and practical side of cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Macmillan cancer information and support service
Cancer Patient Partner Group
Haematology Support Group
Cancer Counselling Service
Caring for someone with cancer

Staff that will support you

Cancer care at Kingston Hospital provided by a wide range of clinicians, healthcare professionals and support staff.

Clinical Nurse Specialists, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Consultants
Multi-disciplinary teams
Palliative Care Team
Acute Oncology Service
Macmillan information and support manager and Macmillan dietician

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