We will continue to treat young people with cancer in the new Teenage and Young Adult ward at Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital.
The C9 Teenage Cancer Trust unit (opens in a new tab) at Addenbrooke’s Hospital will be moving into our brand new building, to care for 16-24 year olds. The specialist ward will have nine single in-patient bedrooms fitted with en-suites, as well as dedicated day care facilities.
When our hospital opens, we will be working closely with staff at Cambridge Children’s Hospital, so teenagers with cancer can choose where they would like to have their care and treatment.
We have already started to work with young adults across the East of England to design the space, taking learning from the current unit, to improve upon what we already offer.
“The environment on the ward was very friendly and caring...you don't have to worry about anything because you've got your own privacy and you've got your own space."Barnabas ('Barny') Baricz Hughes
All our bedrooms will have comfy and cosy soft furnishings, and bespoke furniture, TV, DVD and gaming facilities. There will also be a space for day case treatment.
The ward will house a recreation room for young people to use as a social space, a family lounge and dining area, as well as a quiet room for patients to enjoy and recover in.
There are also plans for an outside communal terrace area, for our young patients to access a calming environmental space with fresh air, and views across the Cambridge Biomedical Campus while they are attending the ward.
To make these plans a reality, our programme team would love to hear more views of young people with lived experiences of cancer, and their carers or families, to help design the Teenage and Young Adult ward and bring our vision to life. We want to ensure the ward meets the needs of everyone using it.
If you’re interested in getting involve in the design of the ward, please fill in our survey here. (opens in a new tab)