Visiting hours

The ward has an open visiting policy for Young Adults and there is some provision for a carer, family member, friend or partner to stay overnight.


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Northern Centre for Cancer Care

Young Adult Unit, NCCC

Ward 34, Level 3, Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC), Freeman Hospital, Freeman Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7DN

(0191) 213 7034 - Senior Sister Ashleigh Hughes, Junior Sisters Carrie Hassard & Sam Adams

We provide care for Young Adults with cancer from the ages of 19 – 24 years. We offer a wide range of specialised treatments in a professional and welcoming, age appropriate environment for both patients and their families. 

We are a Principal Treatment Centre (PTC) for the North East of England and work closely with other designated Cancer/Haematology services within this region to provide expert care and support for young adults throughout their cancer treatment.

How to find us

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The Young Adult Unit on Ward 34 is located on Level 3 of the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC) based at the Freeman Hospital. To find us:

  • Come through the Main Entrance for NCCC and take the lift or stairs on your right hand side up to Level 3.
  • When you come out of the lift turn to your right and walk straight ahead past the large waiting area on your right and overlooking the courtyard on your left.
  • Walk through the double doors ahead of you and turn right where you see the sign for Ward 33 and continue down this corridor around 30 paces until you reach Ward 34.

How to get to the hospital

Ward environment

The unit has seven dedicated teenage and young adult beds - four in single sex bays and three in en suite cubicles.

It was recently designed and refurbished by the Teenage Cancer Trust, and has a break out area with a pool table and access to a computer and Sky TV.


Breakout Room

There is a day room with kitchen area, sofas, Sky TV with full sports and film packages, digital juke box updated every two weeks, a Playstation and 3D television.

Day Room

Day Room kitchen area

Treatments and services offered

  • Diagnosis of all cancers
  • A full range of cancer treatments including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • Links to other local, regional and national hospitals to ensure best treatment outcomes
  • Clinical trials
  • Inpatient, outpatient and day case treatments
  • Stem cell and bone marrow transplant
  • Symptom control and pain management support
  • The opportunity to meet other young people with cancer
  • Family support
  • Social activities

All provided in age specific facilities.

Things you should know

We provide a relaxed but professional environment in which we can help both you and your family on your journey through cancer.  The ward has an open visiting policy for Young Adults and there is some provision for a carer, family member, friend or partner to stay with you overnight.

You can personalise your bed space by bringing in your own pillow, duvet or photos.  We also provide a graffiti wall for leaving messages of encouragement or information for other patients.

Staff you might meet

There are many different teams all working together to provide an expert treatment package individual to each and every person who uses the service aged 19 to 24 years.

To make sure that all areas of care are discussed we have a weekly Young Adult Multi disciplinary team meeting where issues such as treatments, finances, education, employment and fertility are covered. These meetings are attended by medical staff, nursing staff, CLIC Sargent social worker, psychologist and the palliative care team.

  • Dr Emma Lethbridge, Teenage and Young Adult Consultant Lead
  • Dr Anne Lennard, Consultant Haematologist
  • Karen Hamlen, Teenage Cancer Trust Network Lead nurse
  • Penny Daley, Nurse Specialist, Young Adults:
  • Nicola Holmes-Long, Nurse Specialist, Young Adults:
  • Ashleigh Hughes, Ward Manager for Ward 34:
  • Eve Leonard, CLIC Sargent Social Worker:
  • Gemma Rutherford, Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Co-ordinator:
  • Sarah Harrison, TYA Psychologist offering emotional and psychological support to Young Adults, and their families.
  • Dr Mary Comiskey and Angela Laybourne, Palliative Care team offering symptom support, pain management and co-ordinating palliative care needs.

Participation and Engagement

We are actively working to encourage more of our patients to participate in our work and their treatment.

Find out more about this in the #WhatAreYouSaying report.pdf

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