Project information

Milton Keynes Cancer Centre - Family Area

Our project will support families of patients receiving treatment at the Milton Keynes Cancer Centre. We will create an area that provides a comfortable and welcoming space for these families - including those with children - to spend time in whilst those they love are going through treatment.

June 2018 - December 2019

Charity information: Milton Keynes Hospital Charity

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  • Need


    The current cancer services at Milton Keynes University Hospital are stretched to capacity. With an overcrowded waiting room, at times long waits to be seen and increasingly cramped conditions this places extra pressure on the patient and their family during an already anxious and stressful time. With already higher than average cancer rates in Milton Keynes and the projected population growth, the facilities simply cannot cope. The only way we can solve the problem is with a new cancer centre.


    The new cancer centre will transform cancer care for everyone, but for families this means a more spacious, welcoming and brighter environment to spend time in. We will incorporate artwork into the build, provide televisions and supply the area with those little things that make a huge difference -iPads, headphones, magazines and toys for children, too.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To better support cancer patients and their families through the Milton Keynes Cancer Centre.


    » Provide a dedicated space tailored to the needs of families of patients at the centre and for a variety of age ranges.
    » Ensure the space is fully equipped with appropriate items to keep families comfortable and distracted during their time at the Cancer Centre.

    What success will look like

    We regularly collect feedback from patients and their relatives so this will naturally be part of that process.

  • Impact


    Overall, the project will enable families to have a much better experience whilst their loved ones are undergoing treatment for cancer. Aside from their immediate experience at the hospital, this has a longer-term change on their overall well-being and time together. Patient experience and health outcomes are inextricably linked -studies show the impact a more positive environment and experience can have on health outcomes. This will also be evidenced through patient feedback.


    Risks to the project would include the area not being equipped as fully as planned - which is where the charitable funding comes in - as well as families not knowing the location of the area too. We've ensured the family area has been included in all the planning stages and budgeting processes, giving assurance that it is integral to the centre. We will also ensure it has appropriate signage, so visitors will know exactly where to go when they arrive. These measures should mitigate both risks.


    We will report in a variety of ways, mainly dependent on the donor. Some methods include a written report, images and posts on social media, include the project as a news item (we are a charity partner for a local newspaper and radio station) as well offering a tour of the area for small groups.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Build, furniture and fittings Cost to build the room, fully equip it with furniture and other items.
  • Background


    The Cancer Centre will be based at Milton Keynes University Hospital, which has a catchment area of Milton Keynes, parts of South Bucks, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, too. Milton Keynes is one of the fastest growing areas in the country – its population stands at 300,000 and is forecast to increase by another 19.3% by 2026 (compared with 8.9% for England). It is also an area which has a slightly higher cancer incidence rate than the rest of England (417 per 100,000 as opposed to 398.1).


    The beneficiaries will be families of cancer patients of the hospital, of all ages. However, we must also consider beneficiaries being the patients themselves, who feel more comfortable and relaxed knowing their families are too. And staff, who benefit from families having a better experience.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Milton Keynes University Hospital has been delivering cancer care in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas for many years. Our cancer treatment rates, dedication to our patients and passion for continually enhancing care and experience is second to none. Milton Keynes University Hospital itself is one of the best performing trusts in the country, and is rated good by the Care Quality Commission. The new centre will also have Macmillan accreditation to ensure it is of a certain standard.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sally Burnie

    Head of Cancer Services. Sally will work with the Estates teams, external organisations and her team to ensure the project is properly implemented.

    Alison Sandaver

    Unit Manager and qualified Advanced Cancer Nurse. Alison manages the current facilities on a day to day basis and will closely monitor the project.

    Vanessa Holmes

    Head of Fundraising. Vanessa will lead on providing support to the project through fundraising, to ensure the area is kitted out with all it needs.

Milton Keynes Cancer Centre Appeal

It will be lovely to have a space that’s a bit more welcoming and personable with plenty of comfortable chairs as well. As time goes on, so many more people are living with a cancer diagnosis and it will be good to have a centre that we don’t mind visiting on numerous occasions.

Alan, cancer patient