??????????????????????????????Multi disciplinary Team Members Consultant Medical Oncologist: Doctor who
Pharmacist: Co-ordinate the prescription, checking and making of your chemotherapy.
specialises in cancer care and management.
Clinical Nutritionist: Will advice you regarding nutritional matters at any stage of cancer treatment, upon referral.
Consultant Haematologist: Doctor who specialises in diseases (benign and cancerous) of the blood, bone marrow and lymph glands.
Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapy: Will advice you about functional capacity and physical issues relating to your cancer, upon referral.
Registrar: Senior doctors who work and liaise with your consultant regarding your care.
Nurse: Involved in the management of all aspects of patient care. They are involved in the planning and administration of your treatment and meeting any other needs you may have regarding your disease.
Clerical staff: Deal with all aspects of administrative work in the unit.
Clinical Nurse Specialist/Liaison Nurse:
Catering: Refreshments will be provided, only to patients receiving treatment in the day wards.
This leaflet is a general outline about the Haematology Oncology Day Ward. If at any time you have queries or questions regarding your treatment or condition, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the nursing and/or medical team.
Help you understand your disease and treatment options and offer counselling and emotional support.
Contact Numbers
Research Nurse: The research nurse coordinates the care of the clinical trial patient.
01 4162168 01 4103972 01 4103970
Social Work: Will advice you with practical issues and emotional support impacting on you, as a result of your diagnosis and treatment.
Main reception desk
Oncology Day Ward
Haematology Day Ward
A list of useful numbers will also be given to you
General Guidelines
Psycho-Oncology Team: Multi disciplinary team who work closely with the Oncology/Haematology teams. Their role is to provide psychological support to those patients experiencing persistent distress.
Useful Numbers & Web Sites
allowed on the unit.
3. One visitor per patient.
4. If you or your visitor, has symptoms of
Palliative Care Team: Multidisciplinary team who help with symptom management, of patients with all stages of cancer.
www.cancer.ie www.cancerbacup.org.uk www.cancer.gov
6. Please bring your medications with you on
Healthcare assistant: Works with the nursing team in meeting your needs.
Irish Cancer Society ARC House
1800 200 700 01 7078880
report this to the staff at the front desk. 5. Always bring your yellow appointment
1. Check in at your appointment time.
2. Children under the age of 14 years are not
diarrhoea, vomiting, cold or flu, please
each visit.
???????????????????????????????What Actually Happens?
You can wait for your treatment in the waiting area or go for coffee.
Behind the Scenes:
These are the usual steps for a patient having treatment.
Note: If you are leaving the hospital, please let a member of the nursing staff in the treatment area know.
Chemotherapy uses cytotoxic (anti cancer) drugs to destroy cancer cells. This treatment requires several checks throughout preparation. Many of these checks are done before the patient attends the day ward.
ALWAYS check in at reception. The receptionist will check you in and
When your treatment has arrived and there is a seat available, a nurse will call you into the treatment area. You will commence your treatment.
locate your chart.
Your bloods will be taken by a nurse.
Your treatment is prescribed by the doctor and then carefully checked by the pharmacists in the day ward.
You will then be assessed by a nurse.
Give your sheet to the nurse so we can book your appointment for the next visit.
Your prescription is then sent to the pharmacy compounding unit (where they make the chemotherapy).
Take a seat in the waiting area until the doctor calls you.
Some patients do not always follow all the steps described on every visit.
You will be seen by the doctor and if your blood tests are satisfactory, you will proceed with your treatment (Bloods take time to process). The doctor will give you an appointment sheet. Hold on to this until you reach the treatment area
? For certain chemotherapy regimens (courses of treatment) you will not need to see a doctor each time. A clinical nurse specialist will assess you and decide, with you, if you are fit for treatment.
Once your blood test results are satisfactory, the chemotherapy is made up in a sterile area
using high-tech equipment. The pharmacist makes another check before your chemotherapy leaves pharmacy.
If your blood counts are too low, your treatment may have to be postponed. We will give you another appointment.
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This process can take 2-3 hours.
Certain treatments can only be made up on the day. This will mean a wait of about 2 1?2 hours. Alternatively you may be asked to return the following day for your treatment.
? Telephone the day ward or your clinical nurse specialist.
? Some patients attend the day ward with non cancerous conditions (low platelets, low white cells, and anaemia, including sickle cell anaemia) and will require a blood check and a decision regarding treatment by the haematologist. A similar procedure will be in place as outlined.
Your chemotherapy is then delivered to the day ward by the porter.
If you are unwell at home:
If you require a blood transfusion, a special blood test is required, to match you with compatible blood. The laboratory staff then process this and match it with suitable blood. This process can take 2-3 hours.
? If you are advised to attend, please check in with reception immediately on your arrival.

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