Friday 20th December 2013

Scotland

Around 200 young people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland every year. Across the UK, that’s around seven new diagnoses a day

This new, state-of-the-art facility created in partnership with NHS Lothian offers young cancer patients from the Lothians, Borders, Fife and Dumfries and Galloway a place to receive treatment where they can feel at home. The facility also offers young cancer patients the best possible care and support as well as the best possible access to treatment options via the specialist team of nursing and support staff, all experts in teenager and young adult cancer care. The additional support local patients will now be able to receive from each other is also an invaluable part of this new service.

Bethany Millar-Gourlay, 19, was diagnosed with Leukaemia last summer and is one of the first patients to use the new facilities. Bethany said,

“I used to come to the adult ward for treatment and I was the youngest there. Although the other patients were very kind to me I did miss people my own age and having things to do. I’m now having my maintenance chemotherapy at this new unit and it so different. It looks great and there’s a lot to do.”

The new unit that is vibrant and colourful, decorated in purple, green and blue with eye-catching wall designs featuring the Edinburgh skyline. It has four single patient bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. It also boasts a large open-plan activity and social room which includes a kitchen and dining area, as well as an area to watch TV, a jukebox, and a gaming area. There is a day care room for outpatient treatment, and a quiet room where young people and their families can spend time. Wi-fi throughout the unit also allows young patients to keep in touch with friends and family in the outside world.

West of Scotland Appeal

Teenage Cancer Trust urgently needs to raise £500,000 in the West of Scotland to replace their Yorkhill unit with new facilities at the new Children’s Hospital in Glasgow. Text GLA15 to 70500 to donate £5*.

*Teenage Cancer Trust receives 100% of every donation. Cost £5 plus one standard message. Text donation help line 033 066 00425