I am writing this as a parent of a child who has been at The Royal Marsden. Our 4-year-old son Jack Jeffreys was a patient there from August 2017 until he sadly passed away in July 2018 from Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma.
The Oak Centre at the Royal Marsden In Sutton was practically our home for the most part of that year he was in treatment and was absolutely amazing.
As a parent who has been in this position, I am deeply concerned about the possibility of the Centre closing down and feel that it would be the wrong decision. It is a horrendously long journey as it is, to travel your poorly child that far, and the possibility that it could end up even further away is just unacceptable. It’s an extremely worrying and scary time for both child and parent and the added worry of having to travel further and for existing patients to have to move to a new location will make an already difficult time worse.
I feel the best outcome for all, children, parents and the staff, is to create an ICU on site at The Royal Marsden.