A public campaign to name a new breast diagnostic unit at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, attracted nearly 400 votes, of which more that 50 per cent were for the “Rose Centre.”

The Rose Centre, due to open in October 2011, will be named after breast cancer research pioneer Rose Kushner. As a stand-alone facility, the centre will provide patients with a modern, high-quality and efficient screening and diagnostic service, in a calm and caring environment.

St George’s Hospital is a regional cancer centre and its clinical results for breast screening are among the best in London. The hospital is also host to the South West London Breast Screening Service and St George’s National Breast Screening Training Centre.

Ros Given-Wilson, medical director at St George’s, said: “Early detection of breast cancer is the key to successful treatment and the Rose Centre will provide all the tests patients need in one place at one time, and give them their results quickly.”

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