Young persons' cancer care takes another step forward
21 December 2009
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) has agreed to extend its current cancer partnership with HCA International Ltd to incorporate dedicated facilities for young people between the ages of 13 and 19.
HCA has been partners with UCLH since 2006 and currently operates inpatient and outpatient blood and bone cancer facilities for private patients at University College Hospital.
This private patient unit will now be expanded to include a specialist private young people's unit and mirrors UCLH's existing reputation for being at the forefront of the NHS care of teenagers.
The Trust created one of the first dedicated inpatient facilities for young people, in partnership with the Teenage Cancer Trust, and is expanding that facility in its new Cancer Centre, which opens in 2012.
In addition to the expansion of the UCH facility, HCA has also been confirmed as the first tenant of the new Cancer Centre where it will provide services for teenagers and adults. The new contract means UCLH's involvement with HCA has been extended until 2022.
The new arrangements expand the partnership by about 20% of turnover - the proceeds of which can be put back into NHS patient care.
Mr Michael Neeb, President and CEO of HCA International, said he was delighted with new developments. "The new young person's cancer unit will open in the spring of next year and we are delighted with this and with the progress of our partnership ventures with UCLH," he said.
"Both organisations share the same goal of providing world class care for all our patients and this new unit will play a major role in our unique HCA Cancer Care network."
Christina Petropoulos, clinical director for child and adolescent services at UCLH said: "It is vital that standards of care for young people are at the same high level, whether we are treating NHS or private patients. The new facility, when it opens, will help us to guarantee that at UCLH."
Sir Robert Naylor, UCLH chief executive, said: "Our partnership with HCA is strong. I am pleased that this initiative will further expand the offer to private cancer patients. I look forward to seeing the unit open in 2010."
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