Delivering healing environments
When you're diagnosed with cancer, you'll want to know that you’re getting the best treatment, information and support you can, in the most supportive environment.
Macmillan has been creating healing cancer environments with the NHS and other partners since 1976, and we’re experts at what we do.
Entering is like going into a luxurious hotel, not a hospital. It's convenient, cheerful and uplifting. I look forward to coming here.
A patient at Bedford cancer centre
From the first specialist palliative care units in the NHS, we've expanded over the years to cover every aspect of cancer care, including active treatment, diagnostic, breast care, outpatient and information and support centres. We've now provided over 200 cancer environments in the UK, in hospitals and in the community.
Every environment is built around the needs of the individual. We ensure that our clinical environments include the essential supportive services needed to meet personal, emotional and practical needs, as well as treating the medical condition. Our information and support services range from quick-assembly info pods to major support centres, providing a range of complementary therapies, emotional support and practical advice, such as welfare benefits and personal care.
Our cancer environments
In 2011 over 67,000 people were helped in our cancer treatment and care buildings. There were 306,000 visits to the information and support centres, where people were able to find information or talk to someone.
Space, art and gardens
are key in our most recent projects, to help people feel comfortable during treatment or palliative care. Our information and support centre in Crewe, Cheshire
features a tranquil garden for visitors to relax in.
Wales celebrated its first information centre in Wrexham
in 2009, where users can get information on finance and benefits
as well as cancer specific support.
Combining classic architecture with modern design, Belfast's
information and support centre is one of our most beautiful. The centre offers counselling services and meditation
as well as a relaxing space to talk to someone.
is one of our newest environments and was completed in 2009.