Medical Day Unit, Chelsea

The Diane McCarthy Medical Day Unit (MDU) at Chelsea delivers day care chemotherapy and other supportive treatments. The staff specialise in all aspects of chemotherapy management

The unit is a spacious environment with 28 chairs in three separate treatment areas. MDU staff are passionate about caring for patients receiving chemotherapy, and have adopted the following as their core values: Caring, Compassion, Commitment, Courage, Competence and Candour.

Location, directions and parking

MDU is located on the ground floor of the hospital in the Chelsea Wing. It is signposted from the main corridor of the hospital.

Opening times and visitors

MDU is open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.

Because of the space on the Unit, we ask patients to restrict themselves to only one visitor at a time. We also ask that babies and children under 12 years old do not attend. If you have any concerns with this please discuss them with the nurse looking after you, the sister or the matron.

Food and drink

We provide tea and biscuits mid morning for patients having treatment, lunch from 12pm to 1pm and afternoon tea and biscuits.

A light sandwich lunch is served rather than hot food because the smells of hot prepared meals can make some patients feel nauseous. Patients are welcome to bring in their own food.

Facilities in the MDU

All of the treatment chairs have their own overhead entertainment system with television and radio access, and there is free WiFi throughout the hospital. Please feel free to bring your own computer, MP3 player or DVD players for entertainment but please also bring headphones to avoid disturbing other patients.

Day care and receiving chemotherapy

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MDU staff

The MDU is led by a sister and staffed by a team of nurses who have expertise in performing venepuncture, cannulation, administering chemotherapy and the care of central venous access devices.

Our support team is very large and consists of schedulers, administrative assistants and healthcare assistants, all of whom are dedicated to supporting patients and their families while they receive chemotherapy. Volunteers from the Friends of The Royal Marsden, Chelsea, assist the team in some of the daily administrative roles and provide a drinks and snacks trolley that tours the unit in the mornings.

Other professionals who support our patients include doctors, pharmacists, dietitians, the psychological support team and therapists.

The daily routine starts at 8.30am when the nurses have a detailed discussion on the activity for the day. This lasts roughly 30 minutes. The doctor on the unit starts at 9am and finishes at 5pm. The nurses work different shifts, with some finishing at 5pm, some at 6pm and others at 8pm.

The matron is Lorraine Hyde and the sister is Emily Keen.

Contact details

Tel: 020 7808 2320 or 020 7808 2325

Supported by The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity 

Supporters of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity contributed £3 million to the cost of the Diane McCarthy Medical Day Unit.

Help us work towards a future beyond cancer.

The Royal Marsden, Fulham Road, London SW3 6JJ