The new Critical Care Unit (CCU) at The Royal Marsden is the only facility in the UK providing full intensive care exclusively for cancer patients.
The fire at The Royal Marsden in Chelsea in 2008 destroyed part of the hospital’s roof and damaged the hospital’s original CCU. The new CCU opened in August 2010 and is now providing care for patients following complex surgery or with cancer-related illness.
This new Unit is designed around patients to optimise their experience and offer something beyond standard NHS provision. With a high proportion of single rooms, and a focus on space and natural light, this project represents the best in intensive care facilities.
There are 19 beds in the CCU: 12 in the Intensive Care Unit and seven in the High Dependency Unit. This doubles our previous capacity for complex post-operative care. There is also a dedicated room for teenagers.
A number of the side rooms have direct access to a decked area outside. For those patients rehabilitating, to get some fresh air in such a safe environment is important. It also helps them adjust to a natural waking and sleeping cycle, which is important during periods of recovery.
A brand new IT system helps free up the time of healthcare professionals to care for patients rather than spending time making notes.
The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity contributed to the £10 million cost of the new CCU.
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