Friday 2nd October 2015
Our unit has been open since 2002 and treats young cancer patients aged 16-24 from Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley and Chesterfield. Patients treated there have also benefited from the expert care and support of our Lead Nurse and Youth Support Coordinators.
A new kitchen has been fitted, the quiet room and conservatory have all been refurbished, whilst the social area and 5 ensuite bedrooms has been refreshed with wall artwork and new soft furnishings. An updated satellite TV system has been installed as well as new laptops, bedside Xboxes, TVs, and mood lighting. The ensuite bedrooms have also been updated with two new shower rooms. In addition, the roof terrace has also been refurbished with new furniture and faux planting. We're also continuing to fund key specialist staff at the unit which includes a lead nurse and Youth Support Coordinators.
Pete and Mark spent time touring the updated facilities and speaking with current and former patients. Pete said:
I’m so impressed with the newly refurbished unit. Being diagnosed with cancer is a horrendous experience for anyone but it’s simply unimaginable to think of going through it at such an early stage in life.
Mark added: "The unit can hopefully make dealing with the illness more bearable for young people and their friends and families."
Jordan Nilek was 23 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Now 24 and in remission, he was at the opening today to talk about his experiences of cancer. He said: “Teenage Cancer Trust units and staff provide a much-needed service, which I personally found crucial during and after my treatment. It totally changed my experience.
He continued: “Having cancer involves deep-rooted and complex issues which people who haven’t experienced it can’t understand. Thanks to Teenage Cancer Trust, I met like-minded people with similar experiences to me, and this helped me to open up and share what I was going through. I realised I wasn’t alone.”
Each year, around 220 young people from across Yorkshire and The Humber are diagnosed with cancer. Across the UK, 7 are diagnosed every day.
Ruth Logan, Teenage Cancer Trust Lead Nurse at Weston Park Hospital Sheffield, said: “Over the last 13 years, the unit has been instrumental in supporting young people with cancer and their families. The newly refurbished unit will continue to make a difference to young people’s lives, ensuring they have they the facilities and the specialist staff they need to support them through their treatment.”
Neil Riley, Assistant Chief Executive of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As a Trust, we are proud to be home to such a fantastic and unique service. Cancer can be devastating and we are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of patients and their families, helping people’s lives by tailoring the service to each individual’s needs. I’ve heard inspiring stories today and this refurbishment reminds us that we care for the person as a whole, not just as their diagnosis. I would like to offer our thanks to everyone who has made this possible.”
We're now appealing to local communities to continue supporting the unit. Money raised will go towards the continued maintenance of the facilities, funding of specialist staff and supporting free cancer awareness sessions which are delivered in schools across Yorkshire and The Humber.
Siobhan Dunn, Chief Executive at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “We’re thrilled that our unit here at Weston Park Hospital has received a full refurbishment because it means we’re offering the very best support for young people with cancer and their families. Our next challenge is to raise enough money to help us reach every single young person aged 13 to 24 who has been diagnosed with cancer across the UK with our new Nursing & Support service.”
This unit is complemented by a second 4 bedded Teenage Cancer Trust area at the neighbouring Royal Hallamshire, which specifically treats haematology patients.