Publish date: 05 May 2022

The UCLH Charity Cancer Fund is launching a new campaign to refresh and update the radiotherapy department at University College Hospital.

The Bring the Colour to Radiotherapy campaign aims to raise funds to make a range of improvements to this busy below-ground department. The ambitious plans aim to improve the experience of the thousands of patients that visit the department each year for radiotherapy treatment for cancer. 

Lois Roberts, divisional manager, cancer services said, “Coming to radiotherapy can be a daunting experience for patients, their families and carers at what can be a very distressing time."

"Improvements to the environment to make it feel more welcoming and less clinical can help alleviate stress and put our patients a little bit more at ease. It’s also more pleasant for staff to be able to work in a bright, cheery environment. They are below ground all day, so Bring the Colour seemed like the ideal name for the campaign."

The plans to refresh and refurbish the department include:

  • Interactive artwork that brings a sense of natural light to the waiting areas and corridors
  • Ambient lighting and projections in the CT Scanner Room to provide distraction
  • A children’s play area and re-fit of the Under 5s waiting area
  • Refit of the children’s playroom to include storage to house more equipment safely, new infection resistant toys and equipment and access to online and streaming entertainment such as Netflix and Spotify
  • Re-arrangement of the internal space to create a more spacious Mould Room so carers can support you patients through the process 
  • Refit the Children’s Isolation Rooms with TVs, online entertainment and comfortable seating.

This campaign follows the success of Bring the Colour to the children’s emergency department which successfully raised over £174,000 to refresh and update the space for young patients. This campaign is being managed by the UCLH Charity Cancer Fund. 

Cancer Fund manager David Milsom said, “The Cancer Fund is really excited to partner with the radiotherapy team to launch this fundraising appeal and it’s really lovely opportunity for us to work together as #OneTeam to raise the £200k needed for the makeover.”

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