We work with patients with cancer aged 16 to 24, and their parents and loved ones, to provide age-appropriate cancer treatments and facilities. When you join the service, we’ll talk to you and your support network (friends, family, teachers/colleagues etc) to make sure that you receive what you want and need from our service.
We have three team members. Hannah Heayn, our Specialist Nurse for Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer. Richard Nobes who is the CLIC Sargent Young Person’s Social Worker and Dr Toby Talbot, who is the Clinical Lead for TYA. We also work closely with the paediatric and adult Oncology and Haematology teams across the trust.
The needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer are met by Paediatrics and Adult Services with the support of the TYA service:
You can choose to be treated locally or at a hospital of your choice, but you may need to travel to other hospitals if they offer a specialised service that you need.
Area 61 is our Teenage and Young Adult unit at the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. This is a principle treatment centre which provides specialist facilities for young people.
If you choose to be treated locally, you’ll have access to similar services and support as those attending the Principal Treatment Centre and your care needs and treatment plan will be discussed with the Bristol team as we have close links across the peninsula.
We also arrange other social events throughout the year. It’s an opportunity to share experiences and support, and have some fun! Ask Hannah for details of the next event.
The TYA team is on hand to provide emotional, social and practical support to help young people continue with their everyday lives; through diagnosis, treatment and beyond, including:
We want to make sure our TYA patients have access to age-appropriate environments when they come for treatment, appointments and support. We have two dedicated facilities at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.
We have a purpose-designed room available for young people with cancer to use, as an alternative area to wait for appointments or results, for meeting with health professionals or for group meetings with young people. The room has a large flat screen TV, direct access to a small garden area, comfortable sofas and chairs. as well as a digital Jukebox.
We have a dedicated TYA room in the Headland Unit, with a TV, DVD, PS3 and Wii for use during treatment, plus a fridge to store refreshments during your stay.
There are a whole host of other services designed to help people who are living with cancer, such as the wig service, support groups, counsellors, psychologists, dietitians.
If we can help with any of the above, just speak to Hannah Heayn, the TYA specialist nurse on 07879 486675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.