Project information

Palliative Care at The Royal Marsden – Horder Ward

We plan to create a haven for terminally ill patients whilst ensuring a world-class level of medical care, through the recreation of Horder Ward. State-of-the-art facilities will reflect & influence modern palliative care, whilst also supporting ongoing research into improved pain & symptom control.

September 2010 - January 2011

Charity information: The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

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  • Need

    Need

    Patients consistently rate Horder Ward staff as excellent. However, the Ward itself is in urgent need of redevelopment to allow staff to provide a more patient-focused service, in a comfortable environment with world class facilities & scope for development.
    The layout is not conducive to providing appropriate privacy for terminally ill patients, being overcrowded, making inefficient use of space for nursing care & family accommodation & also accommodating some non-palliative care patients.

    Solution

    The Ward redesign has been led by the palliative care team with support from a number of external architects & designers using the best plans & experience from similar ward environments across Europe. This means we can ensure that the new Ward fully meets the functional & emotional requirements of a state-of-the-art facility for the provision of modern palliative care.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    More patient-focused ward design

    Activities

    » The Ward will provide an 8-bedded facility with 4 single rooms for those wishing to be alone & 2 double rooms for those who wish to be in company.
    » All rooms will have en-suite facilities.

    Success for all aims will be measured through feedback from patients, families & staff on the reconfigured ward design & state-of-the-art facilities.


    Aim 2

    Improve patient comfort

    Activities

    » A day room with pantry facilities will provide the conveniences of home & a conservatory will offer a peaceful, airy retreat.
    » Within the patients' rooms there will be space for visitors to stay the night & the latest in bedside entertainment.

    Success for all aims will be measured through feedback from patients, families & staff on the reconfigured ward design & state-of-the-art facilities.


    Aim 3

    Improve patient privacy and dignity

    Activities

    » Only accommodating palliative care patients will enable us to reduce the number of beds to allow larger, single sex en-suite bathroom facilities.
    » We will then also be able to provide confidential rooms for increased privacy for patient & family consultations.

    Success for all aims will be measured through feedback from patients, families & staff on the reconfigured ward design & state-of-the-art facilities.


    Aim 4

    Provide sophisticated symptom management on site

    Activities

    » A comprehensive pain room will enable painful symptoms to be treated with nerve block & radiotherapy treatments.
    » This will be especially useful for controlling the complicated symptomatic pain of sarcoma and mesothelioma.

    Success for all aims will be measured through feedback from patients, families & staff on the reconfigured ward design & state-of-the-art facilities.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The development will create an improved environment with state-of-the-art facilities & will also include modernisation of infrastructure support, such as air conditioning, to ensure longevity of service provision.

    Risk

    The risk that the new Ward will not fully meet user needs has been minimized through detailed consultations with patients, families & staff. We have also worked with external architects & designers who have experience of creating the best palliative care environments throughout Europe.

    Reporting

    Donors to this project will receive reports from the Fundraising & Palliative Care teams. The redevelopment will also be documented in the charity’s newsletters & Annual Review.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500,000 Horder Ward Redevelopment of Horder Ward
      £500,000 Hospital2Home project To facilitate patient choice to receive end of life care in a location of their choosing

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Charitable Donations £220,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    The Royal Marsden opened in 1851 as the world’s first hospital dedicated to cancer treatment & research. At our sites in London & Sutton, Surrey, we see more than 40,000 patients a year. Most come from London & South East England, but we also receive referrals from across the UK & abroad.

    The Royal Marsden has been providing specialist inpatient palliative care since the 1970s & Horder Ward is located in our Chelsea hospital.

    Beneficiaries

    Horder Ward will benefit our palliative care inpatients, who come to The Royal Marsden in order to receive specialist treatment & care. Pioneering treatment techniques, such as the services provided in the Ward’s pain room, will, as with all our work, inform & influence best practice nationwide.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign is The Royal Marsden’s charity. The Hospital has provided inpatient palliative care since the 1970s and is the UK’s largest hospital palliative support practice.
    The Royal Marsden’s Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Dr Julia Riley, is also Chair of the Supportive & Palliative Care Group South West London, advisor to the Care Quality Commission, & will sit on the Department of Health review for a national currency & pricing plan for palliative care.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Dr Julia Riley, Consultant In Palliative Medicine

    She has worked with her team, patients, carers & a number of external architects & designers to ensure the highest standards of care & facilities.