Day Services are continually developing. This has been brought
about by the large increase in day case treatments for cancer,
particularly those undergoing chemotherapy. This can be in the form
of investigations prior to the treatment, having chemotherapy
itself, treatment for the side effects of the chemotherapy and
follow up care.
Day services includes: Outpatients, Derek Crowther Unit, Nurse
clinicians, Endocrine department, Ward 5 and the Chemotherapy
Suite. Outpatients and Ward 5 will act as hub placements for Branch
students and the other areas will be 'spoke' placements. Students
will have the opportunity to follow disease orientated placement
weeks, working with research nurses, nurse clinicians, nurse
specialists and chemotherapy nurses.
The outpatient department is extremely busy. Patients attend for
appointments, whether it is for chemotherapy, radiotherapy or
surgery. Newly diagnosed patients will attend, but also patients
who are being reviewed between their treatments or many years after
their treatments have been completed.
There is a phlebotomy room within the department as most
patients have blood taken prior to seeing the doctor. Blood count
results are very important, especially if the patients are to
receive chemotherapy. There is also a dental suite, which enables
patients to be treated for any dental problems they may encounter
during or after chemotherapy.
Team nursing is practised in the Outpatient department,
therefore student's will be assigned to a team of nurses, headed by
a senior staff nurse. You will be allocated a mentor on arrival to