Royal opening for Teenage Cancer Trust Unit 

27/02/2013 00:00 

Teenage Cancer Trust patron Sarah, Duchess of York, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, yesterday officially opened the charity's first specialist outpatient facility for young patients at the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre.

Teenage Cancer Trust patron Sarah, Duchess of York alongside Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York officially opening the Teenage Cancer Trust Hub at University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre


The unit groundbreaking facility provides day and ambulatory care treatment and outpatient consultation for patients aged 13 to 24 from across London and the surrounding areas.

Taking 18 months to construct and three years to raise £2.6 million, the Teenage Cancer Trust Hub, is one of the largest the charity has built within an NHS facility. It enables the charity to be at the forefront of developing new and innovative treatments for young patients without the need for an overnight stay in hospital.

Unlike an ordinary hospital ward, the Hub has been exclusively designed to bring young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in an environment designed just for them. Traditionally treated alongside children or elderly patients at the end of their lives, young people often feel extremely isolated during cancer treatment, some never meeting another young person with cancer. Since 1990, the charity has built 25 specialist units across the UK.

Teenage Cancer Trust Unit

Inside the Teenage Cancer Trust Hub at University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre


Teenage Cancer Trust patron, Sarah, Duchess of York, said: “I have been a Teenage Cancer Trust patron for over 20 years and I have seen it grow and develop, building many impressive units all across the UK. This unit not only showcases Teenage Cancer Trust’s design expertise at its absolute best but also highlights the foresight it had in developing a service that lets young people have more freedom and responsibility for their treatment.

Richard Murley, UCLH chairman, described the unit as a 'fantastic facility' which combined wonderful clinical and social facilities for teenage cancer patients.

The Teenage Cancer Trust Hub is bright and vibrant featuring impressive graffiti artwork. There are eight treatment pods, various treatment and consulting rooms and a spacious social area. This includes a gym, DJ booth, computer gaming space, education zone, a family area and cafe.

Richard Murley, UCLH chairman, described the unit as a 'fantastic facility' which combined wonderful clinical and social facilities for teenage cancer patients.


As well as the state-of-the-art facilities, the teenage and young adult service allows the 800 patients each year who come for treatment and check ups, to have more control and responsibility for their chemotherapy treatment. Special chemotherapy backpacks which provide a patient’s treatment on the move, gives patients greater independence and freedom without having to spend days in hospital.

Teenage Cancer Trust are also funding two staff - an ambulatory care lead nurse who is responsible for developing the transition of care given traditionally as an inpatient into this new setting and a youth support coordinator. The youth support coordinator helps young people share their experiences and fears with each other and encourages them to socialise by arranging activities and outings.

Arsène Wenger, Manager of Arsenal Football Club who supported Teenage Cancer Trust through its charitable foundation during the 2008/09 season and which contributed towards the construction of the Teenage Cancer Trust Hub said: “It is always fantastic to see the impact that Arsenal has in its local community and everyone at the Club can feel very proud that they have contributed to this wonderful new facility that will help to support these young patients. The dedication of everyone involved with our charity partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust in 2008/9 was phenomenal and it is great to finally see the end product of our staff and supporters’ generosity.”

Teenage Cancer Trust Unit

As well as the state-of-the-art facilities, the teenage and young adult service allows the 800 patients each year who come for treatment and check ups, to have more control and responsibility for their chemotherapy treatment.


Simon Davies, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust said: “Today is a momentous day for the charity. Not only is this our 25th Teenage Cancer Trust unit but it’s also our first day treatment centre.”

The official opening of the Hub now complements the existing Teenage Cancer Trust inpatient unit in the main University College Hospital site, which has been supporting young people with cancer since it opened in 2005. On-going support and donations are now needed to maintain both facilities, fund the specialist staff and support the work of the charity’s free cancer awareness sessions in schools, colleges and universities across London.

 

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