Dame Judi Dench has officially launched a new mobile chemotherapy unit in Woking this week.

The unit has been created to enable cancer patients to receive care closer to home.

The actress arrived at the special ceremony on Wednesday, February 26, which took place at the facility in Morrisons car park on Goldsworth Road.

Dame Judi toured the brand new facility, as well as speaking to staff and meeting patients, who will benefit from the service.

Royal Surrey Hospital currently sees up to 500 patients each week for treatment and, once fully operational, the mobile unit will be able to treat 80 of them a week.

The unit comes as a result of a collaboration between the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, Lloyds Pharmacy and the charity Tenovus Cancer Care and will move between sites in Woking and Horsham.

John Savin, a patient who has already used the facility once, said: “It is such a nice relaxed environment and I think people will benefit from this enormously.

“It will make patients feel more comfortable about having the treatment, it is a trauma and it’s less of a trauma if you come here.”

All patients will remain under the care and supervision of their consultant at Royal Surrey Hospital.

With all the same equipment as the main hospital site, the Fountain Centre, a Guildford-based charity supporting cancer patients, will also deliver complimentary therapies to ensure people feel more at ease during their visit.

Vicky Mumford, Divisional Head of Nursing for Oncology, said: “For more patients than ever, cancer is now a long term condition rather than an acute disease.

“By bringing chemotherapy into the community we are bringing our expert care and treatment closer to home, which should allow many to continue to lead more normal lives.”