Current projects 

For over 20 years, Haematology Cancer Care has helped ensure the UCLH Haematology Unit delivers exemplary treatment and patient experience through long-term support of the projects listed below.

In addition we have some exciting new commitments lined up for 2017 to expand and improve these services. We are providing additional support for our Young Adults, Red Cell and Apheresis Services (for stem cell transplant and life-saving treatment for Myeloma and TTP - Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura) and introducing Photopheresis (light therapy) to UCLH. For more information here is our current Wish List, and we hope you will help us raise necessary funds. We look forward to you getting in touch!

Haematology Patient Co-ordinator

 
"I love my job! Most satisfying is when I admit patients first thing in the morning, but working alongside the Cancer Centre means patients can receive treatment whilst waiting for admission so the day is not wasted."

The Royal Free Haematology Service move to UCLH means we have almost 80 haematology inpatients in the UCH Tower. This expansion of inpatients requires increased organisation to ensure patients access beds when they need them without delay and to discharge patients efficiently too.

HCC is pleased to fund a patient co-ordinator who manages admissions and discharges. As well as meticulous organisation an important part of their role is to visit haematology patients on non-haematology wards daily to make sure they are transferred to us as soon as possible and in the meantime work closely with our colleagues from other wards.

The Patient Co-ordinator role is made possible by funding from Haematology Cancer Care.

Haematology Specialist Nurses, sponsored by HCC

The Royal Free Haematology Service move to UCLH means we will have almost 80 haematology inpatients in the UCH Tower. This expansion of inpatients requires increased organisation to ensure patients access beds when they need them without delay. We need to be able to discharge patients efficiently too. HCC is very pleased to fund two specialist nurses to co-ordinate admissions and discharges. As well as meticulous organisation an important part of their role will be to visit haematology patients on non-haematology wards daily to make sure they are transferred to us as soon as possible and in the meantime work closely with our colleagues from other wards.

 

HCC Snack Service 2016

During Nutrition and Hydration Week 2016 (14 – 20 March) HCC funded the launch of a ‘Snack Service’ for haematology inpatients. Feedback from patients showed that catering on the wards sometimes did not meet their needs, particularly for patients undergoing chemotherapy for whom maintaining calorie intake is essential. The Snack Service trolley is currently being trialled and is packed with goodies ranging from sealed fresh fruits to chocolate bars! We look forward to making a real difference to the everyday needs of our patients.

The Snack Service Trolley is funded by HCC and run by UCLH volunteers. 

 

The Young Adult Unit

Sheree Murphy was entertained on her recent visit


The Young Adult Unit, opened by actor and patron of the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Unit Julian Rhind-Tutt, offers patients aged 19-29 care tailored specifically to their needs. The new unit, designed especially for young adults with cancer and red cell disorders, means UCLH now has the biggest facility of its kind in the NHS for teenagers and young adults. Previously, these patients have been treated alongside much older patients and have found it difficult to share experiences with their peers.

The unit is decorated with bright graphics depicting London scenes. State-of-the-art bedside chairs encourage patients to get up and out of bed and are comfortable for parents to stay overnight - all of which have been sponsored by HCC.

At the opening, Professor Asim Khwaja, clinical lead for young adults with leukaemia explained the unit would bring together doctors and nurses, social workers, activity co-ordinators, psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists. “These are patients who up till now have been rather poorly served by clinical services. They fall in the crack between paediatrics and fully adult services." Sarah Jordan, young adult lead nurse, said: “For these young adults it is a very important point in their life when they are making lots of life choices – either starting university or a job. We are doing lots of work to support them and their families.”

If you would like to support The Young Aduts please contact Sara Goldman.

Education Fund for Nurses 

Knowledge gained by haematology nurses through higher education helps them continue to develop professionally and leads to the introduction of new techniques and initiatives within the unit. HCC provides long standing funding for university courses
that would otherwise be unavailable to our staff.

“The mentorship course enabled me to progress in my career and the haematology
course gave me a better understanding of the conditions we treat on the ward.
We are very fortunate to have this funding; it makes us feel valued and gives us motivation in our jobs”. Jo Bakewell, Senior Staff Nurse

Complementary therapy

Complementary therapies, which include massage and reflexology, can reduce stress and anxiety levels helping patients to cope with illness, symptoms and treatment. HCC funds complementary therapy for all haematology patients.

‘Complementary therapies are a very important part of life on the ward. It makes the experience of being a patient more bearable’. B Davis

 

Complementary therapy

Ambulatory Care backpacks

We fund backpacks, bags and pumps for our Ambulatory Care Service so patients can
receive chemotherapy whilst relaxing outside the hospital.


 

Aromastones

26 Aromastones were purchased for the Unit in memory of David Hugh Simpson, from Claire, Ian and Liz Simpson.

Aromastones

 Contact us

Sara Goldman
Head of Fundraising HCC
C/O 4th Floor
University College Hospital
235 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BU

Telephone 020 3447 9526/07908 258272
Email: sara.goldman@uclh.nhs.uk