NEW Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse to be funded by CCHFund!
For the Cancer Care and Haematology Unit, the requirement to have specialists working in every area is crucial. With Stoke Mandeville now handling and performing over 20 stem cell transplants every year, the need for a Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse is with us.
Bone marrow transplants are used more and more to treat serious blood diseases, however these treatments are understandably tough. As NHS UK notes:
“Having a stem cell transplant can be an intensive and challenging experience. You’ll usually need to stay in hospital for a month or more until the transplant starts to take effect and it can take a year or two to fully recover.”
As a result of this incredibly tough treatment, the CCHF was asked to fund a nurse who would have time to provide extra support for patients and their families. The nurse would also train up other staff in the special requirements of this complex therapy.
CCHF has seen this as a chance to make a great difference to the whole experience of stem cell transplantation and were excited about being asked to fund this post. The new nurse will join the existing Haematology Clinical Nurse Specialist who currently organises the BM stem cell transplants.
As with any intensive treatment, the stress on friends, family and, of course, the patient themselves can take a massive toll. Dr Ann Watson for CCHF said:
“This is hard for both the patient and family and friends and is often accompanied by feelings of anticipation and hope. We believe that the success of the whole enterprise, as well as the wellbeing of the patient during it, is greatly improved by having good support at all stages.”
CCHF’s input into this fantastic opportunity will provide another fantastic local service at Stoke Mandeville and will allow for many more patients in the future to have this potentially life saving treatment!
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Written by CCHF on 02.11.16