Why we need a new centre for the care and treatment of blood disorders? 

UCLH is now specialist centre for haematological (blood) cancers for people living in north and east London and west Essex. As a result of this change, the malignant haematology service from the Royal Free Hospital moved to UCLH in December 2015.  This has increase the size of our service from 50 to almost 80 haematology beds.

Reflecting this change, we are dedicating two and a half floors in our new building on Grafton Way and Huntley Street to a blood disorders medical facility. This facility will be the largest centre for the treatment of blood disorders in Europe.

  • What will the new centre include?

    The facility will include four dedicated haematology and bone marrow transplant wards made up of 127 single rooms.
     
    The wards have been designed to be the highest possible specification, taking into account the specific needs of haematology patients. Our new wards will have:
    • special air filters to protect patients whose immune system has been suppressed or manage patients who are infectious.  
    • all rooms will have space for a family member or friend to stay with the patient
    There will also be a critical care unit with 10 beds, enabling us to provide safe, effective care under one roof.  We will also be able to recruit and train critical care nurses with specific haematology and bone marrow transplant skills.
  • How will the centre support UCLH?

    The new facility will allow us to treat more patients with blood disorders. As we will be situated next door to the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre and across the road from the UCL Cancer Institute, together we will form a hub of health and academic expertise and research. 
     
    The facility also co-locates the ambulatory haematology patients with the in-patient haematology service and helps us meet our ambition to provide world class cancer care which reflects our world class research.
  • How have patients and clinicians been involved in developing the design?

    Patients have been involved in the early development of the building. At present, doctors and nurses are involved in the detailed planning to ensure that it meets the specific needs of haematology patients.