Youth Cancer Trust NHS

Plymouth Hospitals

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital

Derriford Hospital Oncology and Haematology units are located in the main hospital building at Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8DH

Main Switch Board: 0845 155 8155

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 Derriford Hospital provides a complete and comprehensive cancer service for patients of all ages, throughout their cancer journey.

The Trust, which employs over 6,000 staff, serves a local catchment population of about 450,000 people.  That figure includes the city of Plymouth and parts of the South Hams, West Devon, and Cornwall districts. It also provides specialist services for the wider population of the South West peninsula.

We work within a network of other hospitals to offer a range of specialist services.  These are provided to a population of between 700,000 and two million depending on the type of care needed.

 Derriford Hospital provides a complete and comprehensive cancer service for patients of all ages, throughout their cancer journey.


Sometimes an operation to remove the cancer might be the only treatment you need. But very often treatments such as chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy are used along with surgery. The operation you have will depend on the type of cancer you have and other factors like where it is and its size.

Surgery isn’t only used to remove cancers. For example you may have a minor operation to take a biopsy, which is when a sample of tissue is removed or having a central line put in, which is then used to give chemotherapy treatment.

The thought of having any type of operation can be a bit scary. But knowing a bit more about what to expect can help you feel more prepared.

Clinical Haematology Unit

Bracken Ward on the 8th floor of Derriford Hospital has 10 inpatient beds all of which are private rooms, one is especially designed for your age group, these rooms include un- suite facilities, smart TV’s, X box Kinect, a common room and a private quite room for patients, visitors and staff.

This unit caters for patients with diseases of the blood, both malignant and non malignant and provides comprehensive diagnostic services and continuing management to these patients.

This includes:

Derriford Hospital covers a wide geographical area and patients travel from our partnership hospitals throughout the southwest to receive specialist care such as Stem Cell transplants from both sibling and volunteer donors.

The stem cell transplant unit has full accreditation from JACIE.

Haematology Outpatient Services

The department located on the 10th floor at present in Derriford Hospitals main tower block offers:

We have an active Haematology Research Trials unit with a wide portfolio of clinical trials for malignant and non-malignant Haematology disease.

Clinical Oncology Unit

Brent Ward on the 8th floor of Derriford Hospital has inpatient beds, which include 7 side rooms.

This unit caters for patients with solid malignant tumours, and provides comprehensive diagnostic services and continuing management to these patients this includes:

Macmillan Cancer Support has provided an information pod with leaflets, resources and a PC, you may access this at any time whilst an inpatient.

Oncology Outpatient Department

Outpatients is situated on Level 2 of the Hospital.

Chemotherapy Outreach

Chemotherapy Outreach Project provides cancer care in the community and enables patients in more rural areas to receive treatment for cancer closer to home. Currently, this means that many patients can receive their chemotherapy, cancer information and support at local community hospitals in Tavistock, Kingsbridge and Liskeard, preventing a long journey to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
You can find out more about Chemotherapy Outreach here »


Radiotherapy is the controlled targeting of radiation (beams of energy) at cancer cells. The purpose of radiotherapy is to destroy cancer cells whilst protecting as much normal tissue as possible. Radiotherapy is situated in The Oncology Out-Patient Department on Level 2 of the hospital.



We are neither paediatrics nor geriatrics; we have unique needs – medically, developmentally, socially, and economically.

 We have the right to have these unique needs recognised.

 Like all age groups, we deserve to have our dignity, our beliefs, our privacy and our personal values respected.

 Regardless of financial, familial, ethnic or other background, access to quality cancer care and age-appropriate support is a right, not a privilege.


 (International Charter of Rights for Young People with Cancer, 2012)


 The TYA Team

The TYA team: Hannah Heayn, Dr Steve Kelly, Dr Hannah Hunter, Petra Russell, Helen Little, Jane Smejkal, Dr Clare Turner, Dr Myooren Wimalendra, Sarah-Jane Sharman, Jo Annand

Dr Hannah Hunter
Consultant Haematologist Specialising in Stem Cell Transplants and TYA Clinical Lead (Adult)

Dr Steve Kelly
Consultant Oncologist (adolescent and adult)

Dr Myooren Wimalendra
Consultant Paediatric Oncologist

Dr Claire Turner

Tanya Crago
Lead Nurse for Paediatric Oncology

Hannah Heayn
Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer, Specialist Nurse

Jo Annand
Clic sergeant Social worker

Judy Horne
MDT Coordinator Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer

Nurse Specialist for teenagers and young people with cancer

We are passionate about providing high quality and gold standard care for our teenagers and young adults with cancer. We want to support you in any way we can and we want you to engage and that your views and opinions are heard and respected. You are at the centre of the care that we provide and so you are best placed to tell us what you want and need from our service.

Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS)

We provide you with your own Specialist Nurse, who can help coordinate your care from diagnosis to treatment through to follow up care. Be a familiar face that can provide support for you and your family. Information on tests, investigations and treatment options. Support and advice on symptom control and can provide links to other professionals and support services. When one is not available, the TYA Specialist Nurse will take on this role.



Local Support

The Mustard Tree Macmillan Centre
The cancer support centre offers a friendly space where you can ask questions, discuss how cancer is affecting your life and share your concerns. We offer a range of services including: benefits advice, counselling, complimentary therapies, support coping with hair loss, support groups, workshops, The Living with and beyond Cancer team and much more. Come and visit us on level 3, Derriford Hospital.

Pastoral & Spiritual Care
The hospital trust’s multi-faith chaplaincy regularly visit the wards and are always happy to see patients or visitors, to offer a 'listening ear'.  They provide religious, spiritual and pastoral care to patients and visitors of all faiths or no faith.

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