A specialist cancer team, based at the St George’s Hospital in Tooting, has been recognised with a national award for its pioneering approach and care for men facing penile cancer.

The dedicated multi-disciplinary team at the London based hospital fought off competition from around the country and was praised for its outstanding work and transformation in penile cancer management. Penile cancer is a rare form of cancer and is only seen in 1 in 100,000 people. Judges were impressed by the team’s new surgical techniques and its work with charities to improve patient’s experiences.

Chloe Cox Divisional Director of Operations for Surgery, Theatres Neurosciences and Cancer said: “We are thrilled that the penile cancer team have received this prestigious award. Our cancer teams have worked with the London Cancer Alliance to improve care and outcomes for many patients by providing quicker screening diagnosis and treatment for cancer patients. Congratulations to the team”.

The dedicated department received the award from the QIC (Quality in Care programme) awards. The annual honours recognise good practice and teamwork between the NHS, patient groups and the industry in therapy areas such as cancer treatment.

About St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust

  • St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare providers in the UK. Its main site, St George’s Hospital in Tooting – one of the country’s principal teaching hospitals – is shared with St George’s, University of London, which trains medical students and carries out advanced medical research. As well as acute hospital services, the trust provides a wide variety of specialist and community hospital based care and a full range of community services to children, adults, older people and people with learning disabilities. These services are provided from Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, 11 health centres and clinics, schools and nurseries, patients’ homes and Wandsworth Prison.
  • St George’s Hospital, Tooting, is home to one of four major trauma centres, one of eight hyper acute stroke units and one of the biggest and busiest of the seven heart attack centres in the capital.
  • The trust is an accredited centre of excellence for trauma, neurology, cardiology, cancer and blood pressure services and is the national centre for family HIV care and bone marrow transplantation for non-cancer diseases.
  • In 2012 the trust was named by the Dr Foster report for the Department of Health in the group of trusts with the lowest mortality rates in the country. The trust was one of only 16 in the country to have statistically significant lower than expected mortality rates.