The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre in Northallerton

The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre in Northallerton opened its doors in December 2018.

Previously there had been no dedicated cancer environment at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton. Services were spread across the hospital in multi-functional rooms, and many patients had to travel further afield when care could be delivered closer home.

To address these needs, Macmillan Cancer Support teamed up with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to create a purpose-built facility which could offer state-of-the-art cancer care and support facilities, all under one roof.

Yorkshire philanthropist Sir Robert Ogden jointly funded the project with Macmillan, as well as providing a wealth of design expertise to help turn a vision into a reality.

Sir Robert said, ‘I am delighted that the people of North Yorkshire now have a new cancer treatment centre. My wife and I are proud to have been closely involved with the design and funding of the project. I am certain that the Friarage centre will prove to be as successful as the two centres that I funded earlier with Macmillan at St James’s Hospital Leeds and Harrogate District Hospital.’

The reception area
The reception area

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Building work began on the centre back in September 2017 and since then, more than 4,000 bricks have been laid and 400m² of glazed curtain walling installed.

The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre now feature:

  • a spacious chemotherapy lounge
  • relaxing garden area and a Macmillan information centre
  • complementary therapy
  • consultation and treatment rooms.

The centre will provide more than 4,500 chemotherapy treatments a year and more than 200 outpatient appointments a week.

Nicky Hand, lead cancer nurse at the Trust said, ‘It’s amazing because we can now treat more patients closer to home in this beautiful environment. The centre been created with a lot of input from our cancer patients. For example, we have given patients choice when having chemotherapy by offering a range of seating options, including the option of occupying private space, all of which are accommodated within an environment that offers natural light and the ability to see the garden wherever you choose to sit.’

The chemotherapy lounge
The chemotherapy lounge

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Fundraising for the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre has now finished, but you can still support Macmillan in South Tees.

By donating to Macmillan in South Tees, you’ll help us to support over 90 Macmillan Professionals who help families affected by cancer in our local community. Many of these posts are based at Northallerton in the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, as well as at James Cook University Hospital.

With your help, Macmillan can continue to award financial grants to people in our area who are struggling to cope with the extra costs of cancer. Last year, 140 families received more than £56,000 in this way.

You’ll help pay for the Macmillan Support Line 0808 808 0000 — an essential service for everyone, offering cancer support over the phone, as well as our Mobile Information Service.

With over 25,000 people living with cancer in North Yorkshire, it is vital that we continue to develop these support services to ensure everyone with cancer is able live the best life they can.

If you would like to donate, please:

  • use the online form below, or
  • contact Macmillan's Supporter Care Hub on 0300 1000 200, or
  • email us

Cheques need to be made payable to Macmillan Cancer Support. Please specify that you would like your funds to be restricted to South Tees, restriction code PN1083 when sending the donations to us.


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  • Please select if you are donating a sum of money that has been raised from a fundraising event or collection that you've held.

£10 can make a real difference.

It could keep the new Macmillan Information and Support centre at the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre – plus four other centres – stocked with all the information resources they need to support people affected by cancer for an hour.

£16 could help make a real difference.

It could pay for a Macmillan Support Worker for 1 hour, helping people living with cancer receive the support they need.

£29 could help make a real difference.

It could pay for a Macmillan nurse for 1 hour, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

£60 will really make a difference.

It could pay for a Macmillan Grant that buys a good quality liquidiser for someone who can't eat solid food as a result of their cancer or treatment.

£100 will really make a difference.

Every £100 we spend on our phone service could lead to our welfare rights advisers on our Macmillan Support Line helping people affected by cancer to claim £3,961 in benefits they are entitled to.

£10 can make a real difference.

It could keep the new Macmillan Information and Support centre at the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre – plus four other centres – stocked with all the information resources they need to support people affected by cancer for an hour.

£16 could help make a real difference.

It could pay for a Macmillan Support Worker for 1 hour, helping people living with cancer receive the support they need.

£29 could help make a real difference.

It could pay for a Macmillan nurse for 1 hour, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

£60 will really make a difference.

It could pay for a Macmillan Grant that buys a good quality liquidiser for someone who can't eat solid food as a result of their cancer or treatment.

£100 will really make a difference.

Every £100 we spend on our phone service could lead to our welfare rights advisers on our Macmillan Support Line helping people affected by cancer to claim £3,961 in benefits they are entitled to.

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