NHS Lothian and Teenage Cancer Trust Working Together

 The Teenage Cancer Trust issued a press release earlier today on plans for new units in Scotland. NHS Lothian is working with the charity on an interim space at the existing Royal Hospital for Sick Children, a new space at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh and a new space at NHS Lothian’s new hospital for young people, set to open in 2012.

Dr Angela Thomas, Consultant Paediatric Haematologist, NHS Lothian, said:

"We are delighted to hear this good news and grateful to the Teenage Cancer Trust for its unstinting backing both in creating this new interim facility for teenagers within our existing cancer unit and supporting us as we move forward in planning our new hospital, due to open in 2012.
"We hope this new facility will help remove some of the strangeness of being in hospital for teenagers. While we are skilled at successfully managing the treatment of young people of all ages, teenagers can sometimes find it difficult or uncomfortable being nursed alongside toddlers - and vice versa - so this development should be beneficial for all."