Structure of Treatment

Below are the steps a patient will follow when given chemotherapy.

In reception

The patient will be asked to attend Bridgewater Suite or Ward 3A of the Cancer Centre for their first appointment to prepare for chemotherapy.  

Patients should give their name and the time of their appointment to the receptionist. The receptionist will let the nursing/consultant staff know the patient has arrived. There is a waiting area where patients can wait until they are called by a member of staff. Tea, coffee and daily newspapers are provided.

The reception staff will give the patient a pager which will light up and buzz when staff are ready to see the patient. This should be kept close to them at all times. The pager works within half a mile so patients may go anywhere in the hospital grounds, e.g. to the coffee shops, dining room or car park. Patients should inform reception staff if they are leaving the waiting area.

  • The first visit is likely to take a few hours. Patients may want to bring something to keep them occupied while waiting.

  • Consultation Room

  • Before beginning chemotherapy treatment, patients will be brought into a consultation room for a medical assessment and blood tests. Such assessments and tests will determine fitness for treatment.
  • At each appointment, patients will have a blood test. It can take at least an hour for results to be processed. Depending on the results, it may be safer if treatment is delayed for a few days. If so, another appointment will be given.  

  • Once the blood test results have been processed and it is safe for the patient to have chemotherapy, they will discuss the treatment with a consultant oncologist or nurse and will be asked to give their consent. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

  • Treatment

  • Some patients may go home after seeing their doctor and return for their chemotherapy in the next few days. If a patient is having chemotherapy or treatment on the same day as their first appointment, they should plan to be there all day.

    Patients should be aware that when the pharmacy is preparing their chemotherapy these are specific to them and must be exactly right. They are checked several times so this can take up to a couple of hours. 

    The patient will then receive their chemotherapy. 

    If the treatment is a day treament, the patient can then go home. The patient will be given new appointment dates to attend for chemotherapy.  The patient should attend for treatment according to their schedule. If they are being treated as an outpatient, the treatment will take place in the Bridgewater Suite or the Cancer Centre, depending on the type of treatment being given.

    The patient should attend for treatment according to their schedule. If they are being treated as an outpatient, the treatment will take place in the Bridgewater Suite or the Cancer Centre, depending on the type of treatment being given.

    Please note: Haematology inpatients on Ward 10 North will be given their treatment on that ward. 

  • Next steps

  • Once the chemotherapy is completed the patient will be booked for a number of outpatient review appointments to monitor their progress and to provide an opportunity for the patient to ask any questions.

    The patient will be given new appointment dates to attend for chemotherapy. 

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