Young Person’s Unit
The Young Persons Unit (YPU) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital provides inpatient care for patients aged 16-25 years old living with cancer.
Nicky Pettitt, Clinical Nurse Specialist, explains how the service has developed. “Cancer services for Teenagers and Young Adults are not simply about being in a bed on YPU” explains Nicky. “It’s about finding the young people, wherever they are in the hospital, recognising all their age appropriate needs, and trying to meet them. These patients come to us at a stage in their lives when everything is changing and developing. This is massive enough, let alone with a cancer diagnosis on top.”
With a team of professionals looking at the holistic needs of the young people to help her, Nicky is changing the way cancer services for teenagers and young adults work. The YPU, an inpatient ward, also has a patient lounge, kitchen, study and Eden room to chill out in.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity supports the YPU by funding services and equipment that are additional to core NHS services. These include massage therapy and guitar lessons, as well as essentials for teenagers such as Playstations and Nintendo Wiis and the latest games.
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