Ellis Ward

Ellis Ward specialises in the care of female patients undergoing investigations, treatments and symptom control for breast, gynaecological, urological and gastrointestinal cancers.

There are 14 beds on the ward, three four-bed areas with shared bathrooms and two single rooms with private facilities.  

We were able to redesign and refurbish Ellis Ward thanks to a generous gift from Royal Marsden Cancer Charity supporter Mr James Thomas.

Most patients on the ward are undergoing surgery for their cancer treatment. Their surgery may be extensive and reconstruction can result in altered functions, for example eating difficulties or stoma formation, with consequent altered body image and sexuality difficulties. Patients frequently return for follow-up treatments such as radiotherapy or complex chemotherapy and we also nurse these patients on the ward.

We care for patients undergoing investigative surgery and major surgical procedures which are rarely performed in other UK hospitals. These include Mitrofanoff, pelvic exenteration surgery, plastic reconstruction and pylorus-preserving pancreatoduodenectomy (PPPD). We also administer medical treatments (including chemotherapy and brachytherapy) as well as providing support for the patient and their family whilst working within a friendly and supportive team.

Location, directions and parking

Ellis Ward is located on the second floor of the Marsden Wing at The Royal Marsden's Chelsea hospital. The easiest way to locate us is from the main hospital entrance on Fulham Road.

Visiting times

Visitors are welcome between 11am to 9pm (apart from lunchtime from 12.30pm to 2pm and supper from 7pm -8pm). We can accommodate occasional visits outside these times at the discretion of the ward co-ordinator, and open visiting is available for extremely poorly patients. We ask for no more than two visitors per bed at any one time.

Facilities on Ellis Ward

There are entertainment units on each bed for your personal use. These have a telephone with its own direct number, television, radio and internet, all free of charge for you to use. We encourage the use of individual headphones to avoid disturbing other patients.

Ellis Ward has a brand new patient area which can also be used as a visitor room and a discharge lounge. We have a coffee bar and entertainment centre which are free of charge for patients and their visitors. 

Your inpatient stay

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Ellis Ward staff

There is always cover from doctors 24 hours a day if needed. From Monday to Friday your medical/surgical team will see you every morning during their ward rounds and again in the afternoon during a brief ward round to review any ongoing issues. You will be given a named nurse at the start of every shift, which run from 8am to 8.30pm and 8pm to 8.30am.

On Ellis Ward we always have a nurse in charge, usually the ward sister or a senior nurse from the team. There are three nurses and a healthcare assistant on each day shift and two nurses and a healthcare assistant on the night shift, but this may increase depending on the patients admitted to the ward.

The matron of Ellis Ward is Steve Scholtes and the ward sister is Claire White.   

Contact details

Tel: 020 7808 2385

Our ward commitment is to meet the Trust’s goals of excellence in caring for our patients, their families and friends with professionalism, respect and dignity.

Claire White, Ward Sister, Ellis Ward

2nd Floor, Marsden Wing, The Royal Marsden, Fulham Road, London SW3 6JJ