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Keith Millard, Tom Smerdon, Annemarie van Bochove Allen, and Susan Jackson

A new Cardio and Respiratory Diagnostic Suite opened on Thursday 16 May 2024 at Woking Community Hospital and will provide high-quality care in a vibrant and modern facility for people living in North West Surrey.

The new suite is the initial part of the multi-phased expansion of the Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) development at Woking Community Hospital and is part of the wider CDC plans across the Surrey Heartlands health and care system. It is being led by the North West Surrey Alliance, in partnership with Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, CSH Surrey, primary care and partners operating out of Woking Community Hospital.

Stephen Hepworth, Project Director, said: “We’ve reached a significant milestone in the development of the Woking Community Diagnostic Centre and the opening of these suites are the latest phase of delivery, following the earlier service developments such as Audiology, DEXA, Ultrasound and other clinical services.

“Work is underway for the next phases of the development, which include an upgrade of rooms for Anti-Coagulation and Phlebotomy services which are set to open next month. We are also building an extension on the Woking Community Hospital site, which will house a new set of imaging services due to open in the Autumn, and the new main reception.”

The opening of the Cardio and Respiratory Suite comes just one month after the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak visited the site with Woking MP, Jonathan Lord, to meet with staff and learn more about the development.

The opening event was attended by Cllr Mark Nuti who is Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, and Public Health at Surrey County Council. Also in attendance were members of both the Rotary Clubs in Woking and The Friends of Woking Community Hospital, as well as colleagues from Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals and CSH Surrey.

Tom Smerdon, Director of Strategy and Sustainability at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals, said: “We were delighted to have Rotary in Woking and The Friends of Woking Community Hospital join us to celebrate the opening of this new suite. Both charities have played key roles in supporting the development, through helping to fund pieces of equipment and furniture for the suite, alongside our Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals’ Charity.

“Currently, residents of Woking need to travel to Ashford, Camberley, Guildford, or Chertsey for the majority of diagnostic outpatient appointments. This development will offer a local centre, creating around an additional 100,000 diagnostic tests a year within Woking preventing the need for travel outside of the Borough, and supports the Trust’s carbon reduction plan by providing more accessible care for residents and reducing their journeys.”

Keith Millard, the Rotarian who led the initiative on behalf of both Rotary clubs in Woking, said: “We are delighted to have been able to donate £32,000 to enable the purchase of equipment and furniture for the cardio and respiratory diagnostic suite. Much of this money was made available from the very successful Fireworks Extravaganza held last November in Woking Park. So, funds raised from the community in Woking are now being put back into Woking to benefit all local citizens.”

 

Pictured above: Keith Millard, Tom Smerdon, Annemarie van Bochove Allen, and Susan Jackson

 

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