Childrens Services

Teenage Cancer Unit

The Teenage Cancer Unit provides care for patients from 13 to 18 years old who are diagnosed with cancer.

We’re based on Ward 4 of the Great North Children’s Hospital at Newcastle RVI. The unit was designed in collaboration with Teenage Cancer Trust and young people.

Specialist services

We provide specialist services for young people, including:

  • diagnosis of all  cancers
  • cancer treatments including radiotherapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy
  • psychological support
  • symptom control
  • social activities
  • opportunity to meet other teenagers with cancer
  • Specialist Nurse for teenagers and young people funded by the Teenage Cancer Trust
  • Youth Support Co-ordinator, funded by Teenage Cancer Trust

What to expect on the unit

Take a tour of the Teenage Cancer Unit.


Preparing for home: Information films for Young People

Films highlight how to stay safe on treatment and also discuss issues that are important to Young People. Both films were made with Young People who completed treatment on our Teenage Cancer Unit.

Preparing for Home Part 01

Discusses how to spot side effects of treatment and know when to report these to stay safe.

Preparing for Home Part 02

Discusses issues that are important to young people.

Chapters include: Relationships & Sexual Health | Fertility | Employment & Education

Staff you could meet

In addition to the Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Co-ordinator and Nurse Specialist, you might meet:

  • ward clerk (at reception)
  • staff and student nurses
  • research nurses
  • nurse specialists
  • ward sister
  • doctors
  • health care assistants
  • domestic assistants
  • CLIC Sargent social workers and social work assistant
  • physiotherapists, dieticians, occupational therapists.
  • psychologists
  • pharmacists.

You can identify our staff by their uniforms they wear.

Facilities on the unit

On the Teenage Cancer Unit it’s all about giving teenagers the chance to be themselves. We have a range of facilities to help make our patients’ stay as comfortable as possible.

There is a separate six-bed area dedicated to teenagers and young people. We have three en-suite cubicles and a three-bed bay, all with facilities for a family member or friend (16-years or over) to stay. There are three more cubicles with a similar design to the unit for teenagers within Ward 4 who can have access to the same facilities.

Our communal facilities include:  

  • Pool tablepenthouse with a pool table, juke box, TV, DVD player and games consoles
  • recreation area
  • quiet room and information area
  • parents’ room
  • ipod touch tablets that contain audio books
  • wi-fi (laptops can be provided)
  • a programme of facilitated sessions on the unit including – arts and crafts; food activities; an exercise programme; themed parties; animation and film making.
  • social and support sessions away from the unit – monthly social support group; theatre and cinema outings; adventure activity days and residential trips.

Things you can expect when you come to the unit

  • Our staff will work together to meet the needs of young people and their families.
  • You will be welcomed by friendly staff and treated with respect.
  • If possible, we offer you the chance to be examined by a doctor/nurse who is the same sex, or we will provide an appropriate chaperone.
  • The views and opinions of you and your family will be listened to.
  • We will promote your privacy - it is your right. We have designated areas where you can go for clinical cares, examinations and private discussions.
  • Your information will be kept confidential - it is your right. We will ask your permission to share your information with others, unless we feel that you or someone else is at risk.

How to find us

Directions to the ward from the New Victoria WingShow [+] Hide [-]

The Teenage Cancer Unit is based on level 4 of the Great North Children’s Hospital, in the New Victoria Wing of the RVI in Newcastle.

  • come into the main entrance of the New Victoria Wing and take the lift or stairs to level 4
  • follow the signs to Ward 4 and the Teenage Cancer Unit
  • when facing the glass of the atrium, Ward 4 is on your right-hand side
  • the Teenage Cancer Unit is part of Ward 4.

How to get to the hospital

More information

Useful websites

These websites can give you more information about teenage cancer issues:


For more information about the Teenage Cancer Unit, contact:

  • Ward 4
  • tel: 0191 282 6004
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