Children's Oncology

To help ensure optimal diagnosis and management of children and young people with febrile neutropaenia presenting to Paediatric Oncology Shared Care Unit (POSCUs), including intravenous and oral antibiotics, and to enable timely and appropriate communication and referral of these patients between the POSCU and the Principal Treatment Centre (PTC) as required and as necessary.

To provide haematological support, ie. The administration of blood and/or platelet transfusions as required and if appropriate- This service is available on both sites.

We will also provide nasogastric/ gastrostomy feeding support, (NG tubes can be re-passed on the Children’s units at Huddersfield and Calderdale), administration of sub cutaneous medication eg. GCSF, central line flushes, blood sampling and equipment provision meaning that patients will need to access the PTC less frequently.

We will offer ‘off treatment’ follow up with the lead clinician at the POSCU in conjunction with the PTC where this may be appropriate.

All oncology patients will have a designated Paediatric Oncology Community Nurse as a keyworker ensuring continuation of care.

We provide a chemotherapy clinic at Rainbow Community Hub (based in Elland) with support from Leeds children's oncology team, please see video below of the Hub.

Our new Rainbow Community Hub!


Dr Liz Higgs - Oncology Lead Consultant- 01422 224146

Children’s Community Nursing Team - 01484 342872 Children’s Community Nursing Team - CHFT (

Children’s Ward - Halifax 01422 223277


Other members of the team

Rachel Wilkinson - Paediatric Community Oncology Nurse Lead

Alice Lewis  Childrens Oncology and Haematology Outreach Nurses (Leeds General Infirmary) 

The Macmillan Information and Support Service

The Macmillan Information and Support Service is based on the Greenlea Oncology Unit at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and at the Jayne Garforth Macmillan Unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The support is tailored to the individual needs of the patient/carer, so whatever cancer throws your way, we aim to be right there with you. If we don’t know the answer to your questions, we will find out or refer you on to someone else who can help you.

Opening Hours and Contact Details

The centres are open for drop in or booked appointments between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. We suggest you phone to check someone is in the centre before making a special journey, in case the staff are attending meetings etc. Our contact details are:

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary - Ward 7 Greenlea Unit: 01484 343614

Calderdale Royal Hospital - Macmillian Unit: 01422 222709