Welcome! We are the specialist centre for non-surgical treatments for cancer and provide radiotherapy and haematology services to Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Area 61 TYA Inpatient unit Telephone: 01173421133
Ward 61: Oncology - 0117 342 2428/2406
Please note our new number for Ward 62: Haematology - 0117 342 1862
Teenage and Young Adult Team Email: TYAMDaT@UHBristol.nhs.uk
Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre
TYA Cancer Service at UH Bristol. TYA refers to Teenagers and Young Adults, and we work with young people aged 15-24 years who have been diagnosed with cancer. We aim to provide specialist age- appropriate care and psychological, emotional, financial, practical, educational and social support to young people with cancer, their family and friends.
For most, being diagnosed with cancer and facing treatment can be one of the scariest and hardest times of their life. We are here to help you and to try and make things easier for you. We see everyone as an individual and not just a diagnosis. We hope this website helps you to learn more about our service and to be part of it.
What is the Teenage Cancer Trust unit like at the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre?
The hub of the service is based around a purpose built, age appropriate, TYA inpatient and day care facility that opened in March 2014. Many TYA patients contributed to the design of the Unit and this is reflected in it being a warm and welcoming safe place for your care. The unit is designed to meet your physical, emotional and social needs as well as being modern and bright. It is optimised to provide comfort, stimulation and control during long stays in hospital, with a range of ways in which you can stay connected. In many ways this is about facilitating normality so you feel in control and supported during this extremely challenging time.
The unit provides care, treatment and consultation for young people with cancer aged from 16 to 24. It is built over two floors with one floor dedicated to in-patients featuring
Outpatients and day unit
The other floor will be for day patients, featuring:
It also has vibrant bespoke artwork from local designer Dave Bain.
You will remain under the care of their site specific Consultant whilst in the TYA Unit. They are all experienced in the management of cancer in the TYA population. Care is however very much a team approach. The nursing staff are all dedicated to caring for the TYA group and have received additional training in nursing young people with cancer to provide a clear and consistent approach. We have dedicated input from a TYA psychologist, TYA specific social worker, TYA Specialist Nurse and Teenage Cancer Trust youth support coordinator.
Dr Alison Cameron - Macmillan/TYA Lead Clinician
Hello. I am one of the doctors who work in Bristol and I am trained in caring for patients with cancer and treating patients using both chemotherapy and radiotherapy. For the past 5 years I have been the lead clinician for the teenage and young adult cancer service. This means that I am responsible for the service, making sure that in Bristol we are providing the best care to TYA patients with cancer. This is a great job and I am really pleased that during this time we have helped to support hundreds of young people through their cancer diagnosis and treatment. Lots of the work I do is behind the scenes, but I also provide treatment to younger TYA patients who need radiotherapy, and older TYA patients who have brain tumours.
Jamie Cargill - Teenage Cancer Trust Lead Nurse
Hi, I was appointed as the Teenage Cancer Trust Lead Nurse for Teenagers and Young Adults with cancer for the South West of England in June 2013 and to be honest my feet have barely touched the ground. I have a varied professional background; my early career saw me far and wide in the armed forces as a musician yet eventually found an interest in cancer nursing very shortly after qualifying as a children's nurse. Since then I have worked clinically in Edinburgh, London and Bristol, along with a variety of roles involving research, ward management and latterly in education as a senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England. Throughout my career I have predominantly worked with children or young adults with cancer.
It's my responsibility to lead the team forward in developing the best possible care for all TYA patients with cancer in the South West and not just for those in Bristol. I have to attend a lot of meetings, sharing our expertise to support and guide other professionals in the specialist area of caring for teenagers and young adults with cancer, whilst advocating and being a voice for your needs within the bigger NHS organisation. I link in with the other TYA lead nurses nationally but am always around to answer any of your nursing queries and concerns alongside the rest of the team.
Claire Lewis-Norman - Area 61 Senior Staff Nurse
Jax Hulbert - Teenage and Young Adult Nurse Specialist
Hi I work within the TYA team. Before joining the team I was ward sister of a Bone Marrow Transplant which cared for patients aged babies to adults. My role within TYA is to provide support and advice to patients, family and staff and this can be about all sorts of issues e.g. treatment, side effects, emotional support. I can be a keyworker for patients who need one. This means following a patient through their journey and being a person they and their families can contact. I also have an active role in providing education and training for staff in caring for this unique group of patients.
Vicky Britton - Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Co-ordinator
Hi, I'm Vicky, the Teenage Cancer trust Youth Support Co-ordinator for Bristol and the South West. I'm a Youth Worker, and I offer emotional and social support for 15-24 year olds throughout and beyond their cancer treatment.
I co-ordinate activities and projects on Area 61, such as brunches, pizza nights, workshops and pamper days - look out for posters telling you what's happening on the Unit! I also organise a monthly social group in Bristol, as well as days and nights out throughout the year, including Flying days, Go-Karting, a trip to London, and a weekend at Center Parcs. My aim is to give you opportunities to try new things, develop your skills, and make new friends, as well as supporting you to carry on with the things you enjoyed before your cancer diagnosis.
I'm here to listen if you'd like to talk about your experiences of cancer, however I am also here for you to talk to about the "normal" issues that affect you as a young person! Things like sex and relationships, body image and self-esteem, and drugs and alcohol. I run the C Card Scheme on Area 61, providing free condoms and confidential sexual health advice for young people.
So whether you want a chat, a distraction, or a change of scenery, just let me know!
Suzie Holmes - CLIC Sargent Young Person's Social Worker
Hi! I'm Suzie, and I'm a CLIC Sargent Social Worker. I offer support to 16-24 year olds with cancer. I am based at the BHOC but offer support to young people from all around the South West. I am very happy to support friends and family too.
I am able to provide a wide range of support. I am here to deal with any concerns you may have around your finances (help with accessing grants and benefits,) employers, school, college, university, and housing. I may also be able to help with practical issues such as getting to and from hospital, parking and accessing accommodation nearby. There are also a variety of holidays and special days that are available to you during and after your treatment.
Most importantly I am here to provide emotional support to you and your family as you go through treatment and beyond. I am here if you need to chat, offload, or even to laugh! Whatever is worrying you, run it by me and I'll do what I can to help.
Dr Siân Mckenzie and Sue Dolby- Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) Clinical Psychologists
Hi our names are Siân and Sue and we are the Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) Clinical Psychologists. Sometimes living with cancer can interfere with and make your life hard. Dealing with worries or feelings to do with your illness can be difficult on your own and that is why we are part of the TYA team. Our role is to help young people learn more about their illness, make sense of and cope with feelings, work with you to help you find ways to feel more confident and in control and teach you techniques such as relaxation which might make it easier to cope. Alongside this we support other family members that may want to talk about feelings or issues related to cancer and treatment.
Simon Hewett-Avison - Teenage Cancer Trust Education Advocacy Manager
I provide specialist advice and assistance on all issues related to education and work. If you need help getting back into school/college/work and would appreciate some help or general guidance please ask any member of the TYA team to refer you.
Teenage Cancer Trust empowers young people to take control of their own health by delivering up-beat and interactive free talks in schools, colleges and universities on the signs and symptoms of cancer, cancer treatment as well as healthy living.
For more information please visit - FAQ’s http://www.uhbristol.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/your-hospitals/bhoc/teenage-and-young-adult-cancer-service/
Macmillan Cancer Support has sponsored a three year (2011-2014) programme of work called ON TARGET, to address the aftercare needs of teenagers and young people (TYA) with cancer in the South West.
The programme is based at University Hospitals Bristol, the principle treatment centre for TYA with cancer in the South West and will involve colleagues at TYA shared care units. A multidisciplinary team (including programme manager, care co-ordinator, psychologist, occupational therapist and psychotherapist) are currently working with the existing TYA clinical team to deliver the programme across the South West.
Professor Mike Stevens, director of the ON TARGET team says, "ON TARGET will develop a care system to support young people towards the achievement of a life as it would have been lived without the intrusion of cancer, or as the patient decides to recreate it after experiencing the impact of cancer and its treatment."