Teenage & Young Adult Unit

The unit and all the activities are funded through charitable donations, these are carefully spent and help to provide the best possible support to young cancer patients from across Merseyside and Cheshire.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre works within the Merseyside and Cheshire Cancer Network to provide non-surgical oncology services for Teenagers and Young Adults (TYA) patients aged 16-24 years.

It is important for this age group of patients that they are given access to age appropriate facilities and services such as specialist staff, physical environments and support networks. There may be different options available to patients regarding choice of treatment locations, these options should be discussed with your consultants medical team.

Teenage and Young Adult Unit

Facilities available

With the support of the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Teenage and Young Adult unit opened on Sulby ward at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre - Wirral in June 2010. The unit provides four rooms for patients receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment at the Centre. The unit and ward staff offer their services to both inpatients and outpatients.

The four rooms on the unit all have en-suite facilities and have been equipped with televisions, dvd/cd players and drop down beds that allow loved ones to stay overnight in the room if needed. The rooms have been created with the Teenage Cancer Trusts expertise and the views of young people with the aim being large comfortable rooms that are modern and attractive in style.

The unit also has a small kitchen allowing young people and their visitors to make drinks and snacks, whilst the social area allows young people to mix with people of their own age. In this area patients can play on the game consoles (Playstation 3, xbox 360, the Wii) or just enjoy a film on Sky TV together. The free space within the unit is vital in allowing young people to mix socially and offer each other peer support, this is one of the most important functions of the unit.

Support available

Away from the unit, the teenage and young adult team facilitate a monthly peer support group which allows young people that are either going through or have completed treatment to come together in a social setting. Activities range from go-karting to pizza nights and are a vital part of the peer support process. Peer support groups are organised by the Youth Support Co-ordinator and are open to any young person receiving cancer treatment across Merseyside and Cheshire, North Wales and the Isle of Man, including those that may be receiving their treatment at other hospitals. The Youth Support Co-ordinator keeps in contact with young people (via text or email) to ensure they are invited to all social and peer support events up to two years after completing treatment. To keep in touch please make sure we have your up-to-date contact details.

The unit and all the activities are funded through charitable donations, these are carefully spent and help to provide the best possible support to young cancer patients from across Merseyside and Cheshire.

The TYA team

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre - Wirral is the base for the Teenage and Young Adult team. The team comprises of:-

Laura Elder- Teenage Cancer Trust Lead Nurse for TYA
Jayne Pattinson- Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Co-ordinator
Dr Kate Hancock- CLIC Sargent Clinical Psychologist for TYA
CLIC Sargent Social Workers for TYA
Theresa Otty- TYA MDT Co-ordinator

The team aim to ensure that all TYA’s diagnosed with cancer from across Merseyside and Cheshire get access to age appropriate psychosocial support during and after their treatment.

For more information please contact:
Laura Elder- Teenage Cancer Trust Lead Nurse for Teenagers and Young Adults
laura.elder@clatterbridgecc.nhs.uk 0151 556 5773