As a District General Hospital with a core specialism in treating mainstream cancers, the Royal United Hospital is rightly proud of the level of clinical excellence and care provided to its cancer patients. 

But now, inspired by initiatives in the States and more recently at the new UCLH Cancer Centre in London, it has the opportunity to do something very special and different.

Our aim is to build a new and pioneering Cancer Centre which balances our clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment – that is centred on patient care and experience, reducing stress and anxiety, whilst promoting health and thereby embracing a ‘holistic’ approach for patients and their families.

The RUH is familiar with setting new standards at ‘DGH’ level.  The environmentally sustainable Dyson Centre adopted this all-embracing holistic approach for our tiny patients and their families and is actively providing a model for the future of neonatal care in the UK and beyond.

We now intend to do the same in transforming the care of our cancer patients and their families, providing a model of a care that can be replicated elsewhere by DGH’s and other healthcare institutions.  A Cancer Centre where the four strands of ‘Clinical Excellence’, a ‘Therapeutic Environment’, a ‘Survivorship model of care’ and proactive ‘Research’ are welded together to powerful effect, creating a highly beneficial healing environment for patients and their families.

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Find out more about the RUH Cancer Centre

Find out about our vision for the Cancer Centre and how it will hope it will become of model for other NHS Hospitals.

Find out how the building will be designed around the patient journey, from the front door through to the exit.

The new Cancer Centre will be prominently located on the site of what is currently the 1940’s ‘RUH North and is part of a complex redevelopment.

The initial outline designs from international healthcare architects Nightingale Associates will provide a quality patient environment.

This page explains the facilities that will be found in the new Cancer Centre, from the stunning atrium to patient support centre.

Find out about the plans for a unique support hub where patients can access support and advice away from the clinical areas.