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Project information

Transforming the Day Treatment Unit /Chemotherapy

Undergoing Chemotherapy can be complex and lengthy. Some patients attend 2x week for months. Our chemo Unit is drab and forbidding. We hope to transform it with a warmer Reception area and wonderful art which welcomes, is positive, engages and comforts.

Four months

Charity information: Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Charitable Funds

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  • Need


    The Day Treatment Unit consists of one long horseshoe-shaped room accommodating 30 chairs and 12 beds. Currently there is little artwork or distractions. The windows are very high so patients can't look out. The furniture is not ideal. There has been feedback that the room is not welcoming or comfortable. When patients are coming for quite distressing treatment it is hugely important to improve their experience as much as we can.


    With new comfy seats and an extensive art programme under the unifying theme of landscape: bringing the outside in. The Chemo team aims to:
    - create a more welcoming and positive feel to the Chemotherapy suite;
    - install wonderful artwork and space that will provide some comfort and distraction for patients
    - provide an environment sensitive to patients and those working in and visiting it.
    - create a more pleasant, restful space that lifts spirts and promotes healin

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the space with an art project to make the experience of undergoing chemo less awful.


    » To commission an engaging and sensitive art project. Also to create a special 'welcoming' area - important for those coming for the first time.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...the more positive experience of those undergoing chemo. We will measure this through patient and staff feedback to establish how effective the changes have been.

  • Impact


    The Cancer Centre serves 2.5m people. There will be thousands of patients each who will benefit from a softer and warmer environment for their chemotherapy experience.


    Obtaining consents to make the necessary improvements to the space.


    Donors will receive the results of the patient and staff feedback survey.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Concept Research visits and concept design fees
      £1,500 Designs Detailed designs
      £10,000 Art for production and installation
      £2,500 Technology for plasma screens, computers, moving paintings

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    A.N. Major Donor £5,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The Chemotherapy Suite is located at heart of the Oxford Cancer Centre in the Churchill Hospital. The hospital is one of Europe's leading research and teaching hospital.


    The Oxford Cancer Centre takes complex cases from around the country, serves the Thames Valley Region and its catchment area comprises 2.5m people. It is a new, purpose built building which opened in 2009. However, the Chemo suite is situated in a less than ideal surroundings with high windows and little natural light.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Cancer and Haematology Day Treatment Unit at the Cancer Centre opened in 2009. Approximately 80 patients attend daily requiring treatment for varying malignancies and benign blood disorders. The treatment regimens (e.g. chemotherapy / blood transfusions) can be complex & lengthy, taking anything from 30 minutes to several hours, with some patients attending twice per week.

    We have a gifted Arts Co-ordinator who will be skilled at making this project a temendous success.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ruth Charity

    Our Arts Co-ordinator with the vision and responsibility to co-ordinate this project to optimum results.