"Topping out" ceremony held of new £10 million radiotherapy unit at East Surrey Hospital (From Redhill And Reigate Life)
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"Topping out" ceremony held of new £10 million radiotherapy unit at East Surrey Hospital
2:03pm Monday 9th September 2013 in Local News
Staff at East Surrey Hospital have performed the ‘topping out’ ceremony at its new state-of-the-art £10 million radiotherapy unit.
The unit – a project on which Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the East Surrey, has teamed up with the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford - will start treating people next spring.
A spokeswoman for Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said the new facility is “great news” for patients who currently have to travel to Guildford for treatment.
The Trust's chief executive, Michael Wilson, said: “Our patients needing radiotherapy currently have to make a 46-mile round-trip to Guildford for treatment. “The new unit means they will now be able to have their treatment much closer to home, and in a brand new modern facility.”
Nick Moberly, chief executive of the Royal Surrey County Hospital, said: “I am thrilled to be celebrating the topping out of our radiotherapy building.”
He said: “It is a day of celebration and reflection on the progress we have made in the past 18 months, and I am looking forward to being here again next spring to celebrate the official opening.”
Kier Construction began work on the project in March.
Kevin Barden, construction manager, said: “Kier is delighted to be celebrating this significant construction milestone for what will be a vitally important radiotherapy building at Redhill. “Once complete next year, the new facility will be a state-of-the-art addition to the healthcare provided in the area, ensuring the people it serves continue to receive an excellent level of service for many years to come.”
The traditional topping out ceremony is an old tradition in the building trade. It is often accompanied by the planting of a tree which symbolises bringing life to the building and takes place when a building is structurally complete.
As well as the East Surrey Hospital, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust provides a range of services at hospitals in Crawley, Horsham, Dorking, Caterham and the Oxted Health Centre. It has a growing catchment population of 535,000 residents in East Surrey and North-east West Sussex and is the designated hospital for Gatwick Airport and the M25.
The Trust employs about 3,500 staff and has an annual budget of about £220 million. Website: www.surreyandsussex.nhs.uk