Locations

Patients who are referred for chemotherapy treatment in the Belfast Trust are cared for by the Oncology or Haematology Departments. Chemotherapy is given in one of three places on the Belfast City Hospital site depending on the type of cancer and the treatment a patient needs. Please follow the links below for more information:

 


 

Bridgewater Suite 

On  arrival at the Bridgewater Suite patients should go to the reception desk and give their name and the time of their appointment to the receptionist. The receptionist will let the medical and nursing staff know that the patient has arrived.

Patients will recieve a pager which will light up and buzz when their appointment is ready. This should be kept close at all times. The pager has a working radius of half a mile so patients may go anywhere in the hospital grounds, e.g. to the coffee shops, dinin room or car park.

Bridgewater Suite has a waiting area where tea, coffee and daily newspapers are provided.

Blood tests may taken before the patient sees a doctor.

When the pager buzzes the patient will be taken into a consultation room for a medical assessment before treatment.

 

Ward 3A  

On arrival at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre patients should take the lift to the third floor of the Cancer Centre and go to the reception desk in front of the lifts. This is the reception desk of Ward 3A.

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.

Ward 3A has a waiting area where patients can wait until they are called by a member of the nursing staff. Tea, coffee and daily newspapers are provided.

Patients will recieve a pager which will light up and buzz when their appointment is ready. This should be kept close at all times. The pager has a working radius of 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 Level 3 reception staff if they are leaving the level.

Before beginning chemotherapy treatment, patients will be brought into a consultation room for a general medical assessment and blood tests. Such assessments and tests will determine fitness for treatment. The first visit to the Unit is likely to take a few hours. 

At each appointment, patients will have a blood test. It can take up to 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 the patient is cleared for chemotherapy, they will discuss the treatment with a consultant oncologist or nurse and will be asked to give their consent.

During this time pharmacy is preparing the chemotherapy to be given to the patient. These are specific to each patient and they 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.

 

Ward 10 North (Haematology Ward), BCH    

Ward 10N is the inpatient unit for the treatment of Haematological Disorders. The ward is located on the tenth floor of the Belfast City Hospital Tower. There are 28 inpatient beds there and the area is staffed at all times by a group of nursing and medical staff. Treatments given there include chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation. Other treatments such as Factor V111, Haemate P and biological therapies are also delivered in the ward. Visiting hours are 1pm-9pm daily. Visitors are encouraged not to visit if they have any type of infection or are unwell. Children are not permitted to visit unless they are the child of an inpatient.