Ward refurbishments

Ellis Ward nurse

Excellent standards of patient care and environment are recognised at The Royal Marsden as being vital to the experience of our patients.

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity shares this belief and has raised money to improve the facilities of Horder Ward and Ellis Ward in Chelsea, and Bud Flanagan Ambulatory Care Unit in Sutton.

Ellis Ward

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

Thanks to the generous support of Mr James Thomas, whose late wife Alma was treated at the hospital, we were able to redesign and refurbish Ellis Ward to an exemplary standard.

There are now 14 beds on the ward, three four-bed areas with shared bathrooms and two single rooms with private facilities. Each bedside has a patient entertainment system installed and there is a break-out day room for visitors and patients. The ward is light and airy with a real sense of space which it didn’t have before the refurbishment.

The new layout of the ward makes it easier for nursing staff to keep an eye on their patients and the patients can see the nursing staff all the time, which is more reassuring for them.

Mr James Thomas was “thrilled with the look of the new ward; it is a warm and safe environment for patients to be when they are undergoing treatment.”

Emily Davies, Acting Sister on Ellis Ward, said: “The change in the ward following the refurbishment has been fantastic. I didn’t fully appreciate how much a new environment could make such a difference to the morale of the ward until we moved back into it.”

Horder Ward

Staff and charity supporters met HRH Princess Alexandra when she opened the newly refurbished Horder Ward at The Royal Marsden in September 2012.

The £3 million renovation helped create a modern palliative care environment with en-suite enhanced single rooms, discreet consultation rooms and a day room for patients and their visitors, all set in light and airy surroundings.

Maureen Carruthers, Matron of Horder Ward, said: “You can’t put a price on how important it is for patients who are nearing the end of their lives to be cared for in a ward that not only offers them excellent standards of care from specialist staff but also a comfortable and secure environment.”

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“The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity has made a real difference to both patients and staff on Ellis Ward.”
– Emily Davies, Acting Sister, Ellis Ward