The Rose Centre, a £4m state-of-the-art breast diagnostic unit, was officially opened at St George’s Hospital, London, on Thursday 19thJanuary by the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Jane Cooper.

St George’s Hospital is a regional cancer centre and its clinical results for breast screening are among the best in London. The Rose Centre provides modern, high-quality services for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and other breast diseases. The unit is also home to South West London Breast Screening Service and St George’s National Breast Screening Training Centre.

Dr Louise Wilkinson, director of screening at St George’s, said: “The new centre opened its doors in October 2011 and we are seeing clear benefits for patients and staff. This sophisticated unit provides women with a modern, high-quality and efficient screening and diagnostic service in a calm and caring environment.

“Early detection of breast cancer is the key to successful treatment and the Rose Centre provides all the tests women need in one place at one time, and give them their results quickly. This helps reduce anxiety for patients and it allows the team to fully investigate any problems more efficiently.”

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The Rose Centre has been named after the breast cancer researcher and advocate of women’s choice, Rose Kushner. A public campaign to name the new breast diagnostic unit attracted nearly 400 votes, of which more that 50% were for the ‘Rose Centre’.

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