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The East Kent Gynaecological Oncology Centre

The East Kent Gynaecological Oncology Centre was established in 2000 to care for women in the east Kent region who develop a gynaecological cancer. 


All women with suspected cancer are referred to the service by their general practitioner, where they will usually be seen at a specialist clinic within two weeks. These clinics are based at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury; William Harvey Hospital, Ashford; and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, Margate.

Women who have abnormal bleeding are usually seen in our diagnostic clinics. Most women in this situation do not have cancer, but as cancer is a possibility they are seen within 14 days of being referred by a GP so a diagnosis can be made and women without cancer can be reassured quickly. These clinics are also held in Canterbury, Ashford and Margate.


All women diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer are put under the care of a specialist cancer team, who will look at their individual illness and decide how it will best be treated. Your general practitioner will be sent the recommendations of the team within 24 hours of this discussion, and we will of course discuss your options with you at a clinic or on a ward if you are admitted to hospital.

Women who need surgery are admitted to Birchington Ward at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate.  Most radiotherapy treatments are provided at Kent and Canterbury Hospital in Canterbury, although some radiotherapy treatments are only available at Maidstone Hospital. Most women who require chemotherapy for gynaecological cancer are able to have this on an outpatient basis at their closest main hospital (Margate, Canterbury or Ashford). 


We, along with the rest of the NHS, are committed to finding new, effective treatments for cancer, and so many women will be invited to join clinical trials, which are research projects in which new treatments are assessed against existing standard treatment regimes. This is completely voluntary and you are completely free not to do so. Your doctor or nurse will tell you if you are eligible for taking part in a trial and will discuss in detail what the trial is for and what taking part in it will mean for you.

If you would like further information about any of the areas on the gynaeoncology pages of this website, please contact Mr Andy Nordin on 01842 234334 or by e-mail 

Clinic information

Genetics clinic

The clinic is part of the Genetics Department at Guy’s Hospital, London, and is staffed by doctors and genetic counsellors, both of whom specialise in seeing people with a family history of cancer.  You will be invited to either the clinic at Guy’s Hospital itself, or to the outreach clinic held at Faversham Health Centre at regular intervals.

Ovarian cancer family history clinic

The family history clinic is run by a specialist nurse with the support of the Cancer Genetics Department at Guy’s Hospital, London, and the consultant gynaecological oncologists.

Oncologist clinic

An oncologist is a doctor who specialises in treating cancer with radiation, and/or drugs, eg, chemotherapy.

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Information about our hospitals

Please click the links below for lots of information about visiting our hospitals (including travel and parking):

Dr Carys Thomas (Canterbury) Secretary

  • Tel: 01227 766877 extension 74563

Dr Justin Waters (Margate) Secretary

  • Tel: 01622 225149

Gynaecological Cancer Nurse Specialist

  • Angela Wilson 01843 234263

Counsellors for cancer patients and their carers

  • Elizabeth Taylor 01227 864045

  • Martine Bliss 01233 633331 extension 84100

  • Kuldeep Dhanda 01843 225544 extension 64202

Macmillan information & support radiographers

  • Canterbury: 01227 766877 extension 74098

  • Maidstone: 01622 225094

Genetics clinic

For information about being referred to the genetics clinic, please contact Trish Swift on 01843 234343.

Family history clinic

For further information about the family history clinic, please contact Trish Swift on 01843 234343.

How do I contact the Specialist Nurse?

By telephone

01843 234263 Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4pm. There is an answer-phone. Messages are checked regularly and every effort will be made to return your call the same day. If this is not possible, you will be called the following day provided it is not a weekend or a bank holiday.

If you are unable to contact the Specialist Nurse by telephone weekdays and your enquiry is urgent please ring 07500-126669. Normally your call will be answered straight away but there may be a delay if your Specialist Nurse is driving or with another patient and cannot leave them.

Out of hours

Telephone support and advice is available out of hours (week days and weekends) via Birchington Ward. Tel: 01843 234201. Remember, your own doctor is also available for advice and may be able to provide you with the assistance you need. Do not hesitate to ask.

Links - Sources of support and information

Cancer BACUP

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust (registered charity)

Cervical cancer information

  • e-mail:

  • Tel: 0808 802 8000 (freephone helpline which is manned by volunteers who have had personal experience of cervical cancer or cervical abnormalities

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust is the UK's only cervical cancer charity dedicated to women, their families and friends affected by cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer.

The website includes information which is written or reviewed by medical professionals about cervical screening, cervical abnormalities, treatments and cancer. 

Macmillan Cancer Relief


RV Club

  • Tel: 01977 640243 contact Mrs Jane Bramley (For women who have undergone vulvectomy)

V.A.C.O Vulval Awareness Campaign Organisation

Women’s Health Concern (registered charity)

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust cannot be held responsible for the content of these websites.  

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