Built in the grounds of NHS hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are warm and welcoming places, with qualified professionals on hand to offer a programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing. The Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre will be built adjacent to the Bexley Wing at the St James’s University Hospital, the hospital’s world-class cancer unit. Situated among a number of multi-storey buildings, the site demands a high degree of ingenuity to create the calm, uplifting environment so important to the people who visit and work in Maggie’s Centres.
One of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK, St James’s is part of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The Trust has an annual budget of around £1 billion and employs around 15,000 staff, seeing around 1.5 million patients annually from across the Yorkshire region and beyond.
St James’s is home to the Leeds Cancer Centre located in the purpose-built £220m Bexley Wing, which was officially opened in 2008. The hospital is one of the country’s leading centres for cancer treatment with excellent clinical outcomes, and is acknowledged as an international leader in radiotherapy research.