The Leukaemia Centre at the University Hospital Birmingham (UHB) opened for treatment to patients in May 2006. The Centre is based in Morris House on the site of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The Leukaemia Centre project is a £5 million initiative to develop and deliver new treatments to benefit leukaemia patients. The University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, supported by a grant of £2.2 million from Advantage West Midlands, commissioned a newly refurbished building, to house the Leukaemia Centre.
This facility has transformed the environment for patients receiving treatment for Leukaemia. It also allows the outstanding team of scientists and clinicians based in Birmingham to continue their work developing new and more effective treatments for Leukaemia. Cure Leukaemia has set itself the task of raising £5 million to support the development of this world class clinical research programme within the Centre. In addition the charity seeks to provide support to patients.
The Cure Leukaemia Appeal
The charity was set up by a group of dedicated haematologists, patients and friends to raise funds to support the development of the Leukaemia Centre and its care of Leukaemia patients.
Aims of Cure Leukaemia
■ Provide facilities for world class research.
■ Develop new clinical treatments for Leukaemia patients.
■ Fund the provision of new drugs and treatments which may not yet be routinely
■ Provide funding of extra research posts to drive forward research.
■ Support leukaemia patients and their families and carers.
Why Support Cure Leukaemia?
■ Birmingham’s scientists can turn pure research into viable treatments to benefit patients.
■ We offer a vital lifeline to patients throughout the region.
■ All support will improve the quality of life for all Leukaemia patients.
How is the money is spent?
At this point the appeal has
■ raised £3.2 million including £2.24m to build the Centre which is now fully operational
■ leveraged £17 million of free drugs for clinical trials which are having a world wide impact
■ funded salaries for research nurses worth £0.5 million
■ funded £160,000 for patient care and comforts through purchase of air conditioning,
commissioned art, furnishing of a quiet room, wheelchairs,
■ counseling support and the launch of a support group.
■ funded vital equipment not available through NHS funds to the value of £100,000