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Leeds Hospital receives prestigious European accreditation for women’s cancer services

St James’s University Hospital, which is a part of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, offers state-of-the-art surgery in ovarian cancer, as shown by the new accreditation. This means that women in Yorkshire can receive high-quality treatment and care for their condition.

The Gynaecological Oncology department at St James’s Hospital has received a Centre of Excellence certification in advanced ovarian cancer surgery, awarded by the European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO). The hospital is now one of 12 centres in Europe awarded with this prestigious title. 

The robustness of surgery in ovarian cancer is a crucial factor in achieving better outcomes for women with ovarian cancer. An international panel of experts introduced a range of strict quality indicators in 2016 in order to measure the disease. Those centres who comply with these required indicators are considered by ESGO to be certified for advanced ovarian cancer surgery. A small number of high volume centres whose surgical performance is above and beyond these quality indicators, are considered to be awarded a prestigious ESGO Centre of Excellence.

Julian Hartley, Chief Executive at LTHT, said: “This is fantastic news and really something for the whole Trust to be proud of – I think we all knew we offered excellent Gynaecological Oncology surgery here in Leeds but it’s great to have this confirmed by peers, and on an international scale. This accreditation really does further our goal to be the best for specialist care, education and research – my congratulations to the team.”

Mr Diederick de Jong, Consultant Surgeon in Gynaecological Oncology, said: “This quality improvement programme of ESGO is a substantial move in the right direction and the accreditation received here in Leeds shows that the UK is finally beginning to catch up with other industrialised countries.”

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