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Churchill Surgical Unit Appeal

Our latest appeal will touch the lives of over 8,000 people every year who have surgery at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford - many for cancer conditions.

Currently almost all of these patients will spend time in the Day Surgery Unit as they wait to be admitted for their operation and while recovering, before they are discharged.

The Trust is embarking on a project to expand and redesign the unit, and with your help we are aiming to raise funds to help make this new space more welcoming and comfortable, with significantly better privacy for male and female patients.

You can make a donation or create a fundraising page for this area.

Dr Mark Stoneham, Clinical Lead for Churchill Theatres, explains: "The unit was constructed in the 1980s and was designed to support five operating theatres or half of the patients that we now look after. The space can at times be rather cramped and, as patients are separated only by curtains, it lacks the privacy that we would ideally like for them as they discuss the personal details of their surgery with their clinical teams or family members.

"The new unit, which supports ten operating theatres, will be designed to reduce stress and anxiety, with privacy and comfort in mind. The calm space, which will have separate rooms, will be more suitable for all patients, including those who have dementia. There will also be a dedicated area specifically for breast cancer patients, for consultations and prosthetic fittings."

As we launch this fundraising appeal we are delighted to have already secured early support from the local community. Oxford Golf Club, which is located right next to the hospital, has just chosen the Churchill Surgical Unit Appeal as its charitable cause for the year, and a new network of professional women in Oxfordshire, brought together by Nicola Poole, is aiming to raise £100,000 for the cause.

During a recent visit to the current facilities we spoke to patients and staff who welcomed the planned changes, which should start later this year.

Jayne Jones, from Leighton Buzzard, who was about to undergo major bowel surgery, said: "Waiting for surgery is a stressful time and the environment you are in really matters. It is so important to be able to talk freely with your clinicians and family and to feel able to let your emotions out without worrying about others.

"It is also vital to get yourself into the right frame of mind. These changes will mean the facilities match the superb care I have received at the Churchill."

Cancer Benefactor Board Chair, Neil Ashley, added: "We want to look after patients in a compassionate and stress free environment. Privacy and dignity are key - so this development is something we feel passionate about."

The local community is already rallying behind this new appeal. A group of professional women from across Oxfordshire met in May to launch a new fundraising initiative for Women's Cancer.

As a significant number of patients who experience the Day Surgery Unit have breast or gynaecological cancers, the group decided their first mission would be to aim to raise £100K for the Churchill Surgical Unit Appeal.

Nicola Poole, MD of Hedges Law, said: "Having had first-hand experience of spending time in the Churchill, and with close friends and family who have done the same, I really understand how important the hospital environment is to patients and their loved ones alike - and all the more so during the anxious wait for surgery. I am honoured and delighted to be supporting this important local cause that will make such a difference to so many people."

A Men's Cancer Group is also being planned, focusing on generating funds through Challenge Events.

If you would like to get involved in any way, please:

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