What would the impact be of not
choosing The Royal Marsden at Sutton?

  • ① Impact on Care
  • The quality of care provided by The Royal Marsden is exceptional.
  • The Care Quality Commission this year rated The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust as Outstanding. It said The Royal Marsden at Sutton was Outstanding for caring and Good in all other areas.
  • ② Impact on Patient Experience
  • Children, young people and their families consistently report outstanding experience at The Royal Marsden at Sutton.
  • 100% of patients and their families say that they would recommend the Oak Centre as a place to receive treatment, according to the latest Friends and Family Test.
  • ③ Impact on Facilities
  • Children and young people with cancer have access to world-leading facilities and the best possible treatment and care at The Royal Marsden at Sutton.
  • Its facilities are world-class, having had more than £80m charitable and capital investment over the last decade.
  • This includes the hospital’s new, purpose-built 31-bed Oak Centre for Children and Young People, one of the largest comprehensive children’s cancer centres in Europe.
  • Relocating children’s cancer services from Sutton would mean children and young people would no longer benefit from being treated in this comprehensive cancer centre.
  • ④ Impact on Research
  • The Royal Marsden with the Institute for Cancer Research is ranked third in the world for the impact of its research.
  • It was recently accredited as Europe’s top ‘first-in-child’ centre and the RM Paediatric and Adolescent Drug Development Unit is one of the largest, most successful research programmes in the world.
  • It is the biggest recruiter to children’s cancer trials in the country.
  • Drug development is essential for improving survival – the world-leading facilities are run jointly with the ICR for the benefit of both adults and children.
  • Choosing The Royal Marsden at Sutton will mean this vital research can be maintained and enhanced.
  • ⑤ Impact on Specialist Staff
  • The Royal Marsden at Sutton has a highly skilled and specialist workforce. Many of them are involved in research and are international experts.
  • But these staff are in short supply.
  • Much of The Royal Marsden at Sutton workforce lives close by, in Sutton, Merton and Surrey – where there are other NHS employers seeking to attract talented specialist staff.
  • We are worried that a proportion of staff would therefore not relocate to a different children’s cancer centre if The Royal Marsden at Sutton was not chosen.
  • ⑥ Impact on Access and Travel Time
  • The Royal Marsden at Sutton’s children’s cancer services serve a population of about two million children and young people in South London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.
  • Each year 450-500 children are referred to the The Royal Marsden at Sutton resulting in approximately 12,000 appointments and attendances each year. Some children and young people also travel to the Royal Marsden for specialist treatment from further afield.
  • The location of the service in Sutton means that travel times to the hospital are a maximum of 90 minutes. The Royal Marsden at Sutton offers parking – children with cancer should travel to hospital by car. 
  • A central London centre would increase travel times and be less easy to get to for the majority of children who live outside of London and currently receive care at Sutton.

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The NHS is of course absolutely focused right now on COVID-19 and on caring for and treating those who are sick. All sections of the NHS are doing an amazing job.

While children’s cancer services, which we are campaigning on, is clearly critically important, we at the It #MustBeMarsden campaign in no way want to distract anyone from the vital and urgent priority of responding to COVID-19.

As a result, we have decided to pause the campaign. You may have already noticed we stopped tweeting and posting stories a few weeks ago.

That means that, when the country and the NHS are on the other side of the coronavirus crisis, we will return and re-start the campaign.

Thank you as ever for the incredible support you’ve given It #MustBeMarsden to date.

Our Parent's Petition

NHS England are deciding the future of children’s cancer services at The Royal Marsden in Sutton. We have just 6 months to make sure the needs of children are prioritised.

The Oak Centre for Children and Young People could be closed having an enormous impact on patients, parents, and families across the whole of South East England, from Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Essex; as well as knock on effects to childhood cancer research across the UK.

What are the options being considered?

  • Move all children’s cancer services to The Evelina at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital in London
  • Move all children’s cancer services to St George’s Hospital in Tooting
  • Build a new hospital next to The Royal Marsden in Sutton that has a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

A recently commissioned NHS report fails to consider the wider impact of any proposed changes. Children and young people treated at The Royal Marsden have access to the best possible clinical care, professional expertise, and outstanding facilities less than a decade old. As a dedicated cancer centre The Royal Marsden is recognised internationally for its reputation and access to innovation and new advancements in the treatment of cancer. It’s location adjacent to the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) enables clinicians and researchers to work closely together every day, ensuring that patients at The Royal Marsden and beyond are able to benefit from the latest breakthroughs in cancer research.

Currently, children who require intensive care services are transferred by critical care ambulance to St George’s Hospital in nearby Tooting. This arrangement has been in place for many years. However, a new service specification from NHS England means that The Royal Marsden is no longer seen as providing adequate care for children.

Moving cancer care away from The Royal Marsden, one of the largest comprehensive children and young people’s cancer centres in Europe, will have a hugely detrimental effect on the vulnerable patients and families that depend on the life-saving treatments it delivers. We cannot allow this to happen.

A solution that retains specialist cancer services for children at The Royal Marsden must be found.

Sign and share to help save the future of The Royal Marsden as it #MustBeMarsden

Dear Member of Parliament,

Children and young people’s cancer services in London – The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Marsden at Sutton is world-leading – I am writing to ask for your support so that it continues to be the centre for specialist children’s cancer services in South London and South England, supported by the £500m investment for a preferred site in Sutton that the Prime Minister announced in one of his first acts after the General Election.

The Royal Marsden in Sutton has an exceptional safety record for specialist children’s services compared to all other centres nationally. It is ranked highly by patients and families for treatment, care and experience, in modern, age-appropriate facilities opened less than a decade ago. It is the top recruiter to children’s trials in Europe – essential to further improve survival. The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and its services for children are rated Outstanding in terms of being caring and Good in all other areas.

On 30th January 2020, the NHS England Board decided to proceed with plans for a co-located model for services for children and young people with cancer. But the report that led to this decision does not treat London equally – there is one rule for north London and another for south London, because it mandates co-location for south London but allows north London to continue its networked model with children moving between sites.

NHS England is now assessing the options available to them. One of these options is to develop the service on the Sutton site.

I believe that a proposal which retains The Royal Marsden’s cancer expertise, life-saving research, modern facilities and accessible location is the best option to ensure that the best clinical outcomes and patient experience are provided.

(ADD YOUR OWN STORY HERE IF YOU WISH)

The Royal Marsden at Sutton is the best option for:

  • Clinical outcomes
  • Quality of treatment, care and experience
  • Access and travel times – children with cancer should not be travelling to hospital by train, on the Underground or by bus
  • World-class research
  • Cost – the investment you have committed, for a preferred site for new services in Sutton, means that it is the most cost-effective option

I hope you will support The Royal Marsden in Sutton so that its outstanding service for children and young people with cancer in South London and South England is retained – It Must Be Marsden.

Please may I ask that you raise this matter at the highest levels.

Yours sincerely,

Your name

Dear Mr Johnson and Mr Hancock,

Children and young people’s cancer services in London – The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Marsden at Sutton is world-leading – I am writing to ask that you ensure it continues to be the centre for specialist children’s cancer services in South London and South England, supported by the £500m investment for a preferred site in Sutton that you announced in one of your first acts after the General Election.

The Royal Marsden in Sutton has an exceptional safety record for specialist children’s services compared to all other centres nationally. It is ranked highly by patients and families for treatment, care and experience, in modern, age-appropriate facilities opened less than a decade ago. It is the top recruiter to children’s trials in Europe – essential to further improve survival. The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and its services for children are rated Outstanding in terms of being caring and Good in all other areas.

On 30th January 2020, the NHS England Board decided to proceed with plans for a co-located model for services for children and young people with cancer. But the report that led to this decision does not treat London equally – there is one rule for north London and another for south London, because it mandates co-location for south London but allows north London to continue its networked model with children moving between sites.

NHS England is now assessing the options available to them. One of these options is to develop the service on the Sutton site.

I believe that a proposal which retains The Royal Marsden’s cancer expertise, life-saving research, modern facilities and accessible location is the best option to ensure that the best clinical outcomes and patient experience are provided.

(ADD YOUR OWN STORY HERE IF YOU WISH)

The Royal Marsden at Sutton is the best option for:

  • Clinical outcomes
  • Quality of treatment, care and experience
  • Access and travel times – children with cancer should not be travelling to hospital by train, on the Underground or by bus
  • World-class research
  • Cost – the investment you have committed, for a preferred site for new services in Sutton, means that it is the most cost-effective option

Prime Minister and Secretary of State, I hope you will choose to retain this outstanding service for children and young people with cancer in South London and South England – It Must Be Marsden.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Yours sincerely,

Your name