Oak Centre for Children and Young People, Sutton

Oak Centre for Children and Young People

The 31-bed Oak Centre for Children and Young People is one of the largest comprehensive children and young people’s cancer centres in Europe. The centre sees almost 600 inpatients and more than 5,000 day patients every year. It is based in the heart of our Sutton hospital which means that our young patients benefit from a wealth of expertise around them; the care they receive is both comprehensive and tailored to their specific needs.

Location, directions and parking

You can enter the Oak Centre for Children and Young People from either the front entrance on Downs Road or the car park off Cotswold Road.

Patient-centred design

The new Centre has been designed around the needs of our young patients and their families. In fact, many children and young people who have been treated at The Royal Marsden contributed to the layout, design and colour schemes for the interior of the Centre.

Our aim was to create an environment with a variety of different spaces that all contribute to children’s and young people’s comfort, engagement and positive frame of mind. Our patients now have places where they can carry out normal routines, including age-appropriate areas where they can mix with others and quieter areas for when they wish to be alone.

Oak Centre for Children and Young People

All bed spaces were designed to enable the children and young people to personalise their environment, and each space is equipped with overhead television and Wi-Fi internet access. This helps them retain control of their immediate surroundings and stay connected with family and friends.

McElwain Ward

McElwain Ward provides inpatient facilities for children aged 1 to 16. It has 18 beds including a dedicated room for radioisotope therapy. The ward also offers a full range of treatments including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, phase I and II clinical trials, MIBG therapy and stem cell transplant.

Facilities are available for parents to stay on the ward and there is a kitchen and lounge area for families.

There is also a schoolroom on McElwain Ward which provides education for patients during their time in hospital. We can also visit children at their bedside if they are not able to come to the schoolroom. Our curriculum is based around fun, creative activities and games that also allow children to make progress in literacy and maths. Specialist tuition in core curriculum subjects is available for older pupils, and we are able to support pupils who need to take public exams during their time in hospital. The schoolroom is open from 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00 every weekday during term times. Please contact us at schoolroom@rmh.nhs.uk or visit the schoolroom next time you are in hospital – we would love to meet you.

The matron for McElwain Ward is Carly Snowball and the ward sister is Libby Harmer.

Teenage Cancer Trust Unit

This 13-bed inpatient ward offers purpose-built facilities for teenagers and young adults with cancer aged 16 to 24. Patients have access to a chill-out room and a spacious educational activities room, all of which have been influenced by our work with Teenage Cancer Trust.

Teenage Cancer Trust part-funded the development of this ward and provides staff to support our teenagers and young adults, including an activities coordinator and a nurse consultant. We work closely with Teenage Cancer Trust to make the best use of their knowledge and expertise in looking after this age group.

The matron for the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit is Carly Snowball and the ward sister is Caroline Heasman.

Outpatient and Day Care Unit

This area has 22 beds / chairs for patients requiring day case admissions. There are seven outpatient rooms available for consultations with medical staff.

There is also access to age-appropriate waiting and play areas in the Outpatient and Day Care Unit.

Professor Andy Pearson talks about the Centre

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