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HCA International opens the UK's first private Young Persons' Cancer Unit

14 October 2010

A new centre of excellence at University College Hospital, London

HCA International opens the UK's first private Young Persons' Cancer UnitHCA International has opened the country's first private Young Persons' Cancer Unit (YPU) on the same floor as its joint venture adult blood and bone cancer unit on the 15th floor of University College Hospital, London.

The new unit will treat all cancers in 13 to 19 year old private patients including a full bone marrow transplantation service and will run in parallel with the existing world class young persons' NHS cancer service at UCH.  There are six beds and three chemotherapy chairs and other facilities include schooling, specialist counselling and the teenage patients will also have a dedicated lounge area with support from an activity co-ordinator and clinical nurse specialist.

The new YPU follows the success of the existing adult unit, a joint venture between UCLH and HCA International which opened in 2006.

The Chief Executive Officer of the HCA International NHS Ventures division, Sarah Fisher, said the Young Persons' Unit would mainly cater for overseas patients.  "UCH has long had an international reputation for its innovative and world class cancer care for teenagers," she said.  "The medical teams at UCH are at the forefront of research and are helping to formulate policy for young peoples' cancer care across the country."

"We have been working closely with UCH for the past four years and this new unit is an example of the success of the partnership between one of the UK's leading teaching hospitals and HCA," said Ms Fisher.

The Clinical Director of the new unit is haematologist Dr Rachel Hough.  "We have a unique children and young peoples' cancer unit at UCH which is the largest in the country.  Over the past five years our multi disciplinary teams have developed and refined new treatment programmes for children and adolescents and survival rates have increased as a result," said Dr Hough.  "This new private unit is a natural extension of our existing centre and the income this new unit will create will in turn benefit NHS patients."

"In some parts of the world there are no cancer units for young people and we look forward to helping teenagers and their families who need our specialist help," she said.

The new young persons' unit, which is separated from the private adult unit, has a team of seven senior consultants including two consultant haematologists and five consultant oncologists.


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