Roger Daltrey CBE will launch Scotland's first Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow on Friday 11th May 2007 at 12 noon.
The 6-bed ward, funded by Teenage Cancer Trust, will treat patients from West of Scotland. This is Teenage Cancer Trust’s eighth ward in the UK and, like other TCT units, it is expected to improve survival rates by as much as 15%. The unit will give teenagers going through cancer treatment the opportunity to be treated with people their own age and help them to come to terms with the disease and its effects. State-of-the-art equipment such as flat-screen TVs, computers, game consoles and internet access will keep patients occupied during long hospital stays and allow them to stay in touch with friends and family.
The unit, which cost TCT £500,000 to build, has 6 beds, 4 of which are on one level with the remaining 2 on a lower level, connected via a lift which goes directly onto a day room. The day room has panoramic views across the city and contains a cafe-style space for patients to take part in various activities. There are also two giant TVs - one for playing computer games and the second to watch films, with comfy seats around it. When well enough, patients will be encouraged to get out of bed and socialise. Each bedroom has a flat screen TV, internet access and a game console with wireless controls. Special attention has been paid to the furnishings, making each room feel more like a teenager's bedroom or hotel room, than a hospital. For example, clinical functions such as piped gases have been hidden behind smart wooden panels and each bathroom has unique vinyl wraps on the walls.
Each day in the UK, 6 teenagers will find out they have cancer – that is over 2,000 diagnoses a year. Around 160 of those live in Scotland. Seventy per cent of teenagers with cancer in the UK still do not have access to a specialist TCT facility and will receive treatment on wards with young children or the elderly. To date, TCT has built units in London, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield and desperately needs more so that every teenager in the UK can have access to one. Plans for further TCT units in Glasgow and in Edinburgh are at an early stage.
Roger Daltrey CBE, Who frontman and TCT patron said, “Teenage Cancer Trust units give our teenagers the moral support to help fight this terrible disease. It’s great we’ve been able to open a ward in Glasgow but we need more of them so that every teenager in the UK can have access to one”.
Simon Davies, CEO, Teenage Cancer Trust said, "We are delighted to have opened Scotland's first Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the New Beatson in Glasgow. The facility will ensure that Scottish teenagers with cancer are getting the best possible treatment.
"We are grateful to all at the New Beatson for their continued support and assistance in creating this state-of-the-art facility”.
Professor Alan Rodger, Medical Director of the new Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, said: “The Teenage Cancer Trust unit is a magnificent new facility for young people. We very much hope that this unit will provide a home away from home for young people, so they will feel more relaxed while receiving treatment and hopefully recuperate more quickly.
“The new Beatson has benefited from many additional facilities, features and other enhancements made possible by our charitable partners. We are very grateful to Teenage Cancer Trust for funding this state-of-the-art centre of excellence for young people with cancer.”
Media wishing to attend the launch on Friday 11th May (or for more information), contact Lucy Jackson at Teenage Cancer Trust on 020 7612 0377 / 07931 362729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Jane Ashton at TCT on 020 7612 0378 or email email@example.com
For images of the new unit or if you would like to speak to a patient from Glasgow, please contact Lucy or Jane (details as above).
Teenage Cancer Trust
Each day in the UK, 6 teenagers will find out they have cancer - that is over 2,000 new diagnoses every year. These young people often get a raw deal, receiving hospital treatment in inappropriate facilities catering for children or the elderly.
Teenage Cancer Trust focuses on the needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer by providing specialist teenage units in NHS hospitals. As well as state-of-the-art facilities to keep patients occupied during long stays in hospital, the units provide an environment where teenagers can meet others in a similar situation. Units allow patients to build friendships and mechanisms to cope with their disease without being patronised or ignored and are staffed with professionals able to fully understand and manage the needs of the patients.
To date, TCT has built units in London, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle and would like at least 22 units to ensure every teenager with cancer has access.