Open House at the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre 

13/09/2013 00:00 
The University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre will be opening its doors to the public on 21 September to celebrate Open House London 2013.
University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre 

Open House London celebrates all that is best about the capital’s buildings, places and neighbourhoods. Every September, it gives a unique opportunity to get out and under the skin of London’s amazing architecture, with over 700 buildings of all kinds opening their doors to everyone – all for free. The dates for 2013 are 21 & 22 September.

The cancer centre, a unique partnership between UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and charity Macmillan Cancer Support, will be open for tours on Saturday, 21 September from 1pm until 5pm.

Visitors will be given a chance to see a number of the treatment areas including the open plan Chemotherapy Lounge. Tours will concentrate on the architecture of the building as well as the many public art commissions by artists such as Grayson Perry and Sir Peter Blake. Alison Finch, senior nurse, and Gabrielle Mroziewicz, Cancer Centre project coordinator

The centre, designed by Hopkins Architects, opened to patients in April 2012 and received a visit from their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in January this year.

Patients were involved in the design of the centre and its services every step of the way, from the light and airy entrance hall and uplifting colour scheme to the development of a web-hosted ‘patient portal’ which gives them more control over their care.

The centre redefines the way patients are treated, focusing on all aspects of their outpatient care.

Inside the Centre

The £100 million development has wellbeing, rehabilitation and cancer survivorship at the heart of its philosophy. This will be supported by the very best diagnostic and treatment techniques to improve survival rates, including the UK’s first PET MR scanner, delivering the most accurate information from deep inside the body during a single scanning session.

The award-winning Hopkins Architects, were also responsible for the iconic Velodrome created for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The centre is in Huntley Street, WC1E 6AG.

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