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New cancer patient rooms open

A new inpatient facility for young people with cancer has opened on the hospital’s Durlston Ward. The two new rooms will become the primary cancer treatment centre for young patients in Dorset.

Each room has been designed to create a non-clinical and more homely environment with a PlayStation 4, a smart TV and Wi-Fi for the patient. They also include a sofa bed for a parent, friend or partner to stay overnight. The provision of an age-appropriate environment within a hospital setting for teenagers and young adults to receive their cancer treatment is important for both their physical and emotional wellbeing. New Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) cancer inpatient rooms open

The project was supported by fundraising and the generosity of previous patients and their families. Donors include Tanya and Carl Appleby who raised over £34,000 in memory of their son Vincent, who passed away aged 18 from leukaemia in January 2016. Their fundraising drive was motivated by a desire to support other young people with cancer to and to make their ‘Vision for Vincent’ a reality. Other major donors include the Dorset Cancer Care Foundation who donated £10,000 and John Beare, the husband of a former patient, who raised £6,000. The Teenage Cancer Trust assisted with the concept and design of the rooms and the work was funded entirely by charitable donations.

Andrea Moxham, matron for cancer services, said the importance of the new facility cannot be underestimated. “The two rooms will offer young patients from Poole, Bournemouth and Dorchester the opportunity and choice to receive their inpatient care much closer to home. The rooms are designed specifically for teenagers and young adults using local themes as a backdrop and incorporating a vibrant feel which will appeal to the younger patient”

“It has taken a long time from concept to completion and we pleased to be able to make a positive difference to young patients having treatment for cancer at Poole Hospital”

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