LIBRA Funding Will Enhance Care For Blood Cancer Patients


The refurbishment of the Derek Mitchell Unit (DMU) at King’s College Hospital (King’s) in London is underway and LIBRA is delighted to support this exciting project which will be of huge benefit to in-patients with a range of blood cancers.

The DMU is a purpose-built chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant unit with 14 beds. The haematology team at King’s called on LIBRA Trustees to provide funding to help cover the costs of enhancements to the unit to ensure that patients have the best possible in-patient experience, whether it is during treatment or end of life care.

LIBRA is donating £100,000 of funding raised through our current Going for Gold Campaign. These funds will cover the cost of improvements to the young teenage adult room (YTA) and also the end of life room.

The aim is for refurbishment work to be completed by early March 2023. Funding will also help to cover the costs of refurbishing a dated patient day room for those staying on the DMU and the Davidson Ward.

Carole Cobain-Patel, Head of Nursing Haematology at King’s said: “We are so grateful to LIBRA and supporters for raising funds to help cover the cost of this much needed refurbishment project. The amazing support of LIBRA is enabling us to make enhancements that will benefit both patients and their families.

“Many of our patients are receiving high dose chemotherapy or going through bone marrow transplants. The LIBRA funded YTA and end of life rooms will now feature wall beds, enabling loved ones to stay and provide support. Calming wall art and enhanced bedhead panelling will also feature, making the rooms less clinical and far more comfortable and efficient.

“Thanks to the funding we are now modernising the patient day room. It will provide a calm and healing environment where patients can spend time relaxing or meeting with loved ones. Enhancements include the addition of floor to ceiling windows, providing patients with a view of Ruskin Park. The enhancements are truly transformative and will hugely benefit our patients.”

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