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Project information

Molly Lane Fox Unit

To double the size of The Molly Lane Fox Unit - a beacon for the care for patients with brain tumours.

5,000 people are diagnosed with primary brain cancers each year and 60,000 develop secondary brain tumours.

March 2017 - May 2017

Charity information: The National Brain Appeal

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  • Need


    More than 400 patients were admitted to the Molly Lane Fox Unit in 2015 but demand for the unit has outgrown capacity by over 55% meaning that more than half of patients are admitted to general wards and are not able to access the unique service that the unit offers.


    The Molly Lane Fox Unit will be re-located to an existing, but larger, space on the fourth floor of the hospital that has the benefit of offering quieter surroundings filled with natural light. The new configuration will provide four bays with 24 beds, a quiet room, an assessment room as well as two single rooms with sofa-beds which can be used by those patients requiring a longer stay in hospital, with more complex needs or during end-of-life care.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To transform brain cancer care by increasing access to this dedicated, specialist unit.


    » Double the size of the Molly Lane Fox Unit - from 12 to 24 beds

    What success will look like

    More patients able to access the unique services of the Molly Lane Fox Unit.

  • Impact


    The new unit will develop the successes of its founding years. Most significantly, it is now the largest recruiter to brain tumour trials in the UK and has built a reputation for consistently providing high quality research data. Key achievements include recruitment into the current DCVAX trial which involves using patients’ own tumour and blood cells to make a bespoke vaccine to treat their tumour.


    No risks. The creation of the larger ward will go ahead as The National Brain Appeal has committed to fully fund the project.


    Donors will receive an update following the completion of the project. Details will also be published on our website, via our e-letter and newsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £500,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500,000 Build To re-locate the existing ward to a new space - purpose built and designed to xxxxxxx

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Existing funds £275,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Molly Lane Fox Unit is part of The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square. It originally opened in 2011 and guarantees 12 beds which are prioritised for patients with brain tumours and brain metastases and is dedicated to increasing survival rates and improving quality of life.


    The new unit will have 24 beds and offer a beacon of care to more than 400 patients each year. In addition, research findings and clinical trials will be shared with other units nationwide.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The charity fully funded the creation of the UK's first dedicated Brain Tumour unit and the Molly Lane Fox Unit (dedicated ward) in 2011.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Paul Mulholland

    Paul is a medical oncologist who exclusively treats brain cancer.

    Emma Townsley

    Clinical Nurse Specialist and Acting Service Manager for the Brain Tumour Unit