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Clinical Haematology

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Day Treatment Unit (DTU)

A group of staff in the DTU
DTU staff

Most patients attending the Day Treatment Unit (DTU) will be receiving chemotherapy, blood products or other drugs used to control a symptom they are having. Some patients are attending for a particular test or procedure.

The doctors will have discussed the reason for your visit with you at an outpatient appointment, or on discharge from the ward.

DTU is a large open-plan area divided into Haematology Day Treatment Area and Oncology Treatment Area.

You may be treated in a chair or bed next to a member of the opposite sex. If you have any concerns about this, or if you feel it is difficult to talk openly about personal issues because of the open-plan setting, please tell a nurse, so that they can find a suitable position for your treatment, or take you to a private room to talk.

Receiving your appointment

You will be contacted by phone or letter by the treatment team in DTU with the appointment date/s for your treatment. If you do not hear from them in five working days from the time of your outpatient appointment then please contact the Day Treatment Unit:

  • Tel: 01865 235554 (Haematology)

They will also confirm with you any specific instructions about the timing of your blood tests or medications to be taken before the treatment.

Our team

Nurses

The nurses are specially trained in chemotherapy and patient care during treatment and associated procedures. They play a vital role in the delivery of your treatment and also provide you with support, advice and information. They also liaise with other healthcare professionals such as doctors, specialist nurses, pharmacists and dietitians to ensure you receive the care you need.

Doctors

The specialist doctor managing your treatment is called a Consultant Oncologist or Haematologist. They supervise a team of doctors which includes specialist registrars, and are responsible for prescribing and supervising your course of treatment and requesting specific procedures and tests. You may see the Oncologist/Haematologist or Specialist Registrar before, during or after your course of treatment in the Outpatient Department so that your progress can be monitored.

Pharmacists

Our pharmacists have two roles in DTU:

  • to check all chemotherapy prescriptions to make sure you have the correct dose prescribed
  • to see you in DTU on you day of treatment to discuss your medication with you.

They will also ensure you have enough medication to prevent or manage side effects of chemotherapy, e.g. anti-sickness drugs.

They are happy to discuss any issues concerning your general medications and those prescribed by the hospital doctors.

Our facilities

You may want to bring a book or magazine with you to pass the time. There are DVD players available with headphones.

Food

Tea, coffee and water are available in the Day Treatment Unit. If you are with us during the day, we offer a selection of sandwiches and fresh fruit at lunchtime.

You are welcome to bring your own food and drink, or to buy it from the hospital restaurant, caf├ęs or shops. We are not able to heat up food, and bringing in hot food is discouraged during peak times, as the smell may exacerbate nausea in some patients.

Internet

To access free WiFi:

  • on your tablet or smartphone go into 'Settings'
  • click on 'OUH Guest' and then on 'Connect'
  • you will be forwarded to a 'Security certificate' page
  • click on 'Proceed anyway'
  • enter your email address
  • click on 'Accept' and you will automatically be connected.

Find us and contact us

We recommend that you don't drive yourself for your first treatment, but after that you may do so if you feel well. We are happy for you to bring a relative or friend if you wish, however should more than one person attend with you they may need to wait in the waiting area during peak times (10.00am - 4.00pm).

Patients who attend regularly for treatment over a prolonged period of time may be entitled to discounted or free parking.

For information on car parking please see:

Use the main Churchill Hospital entrance into the Cancer (Oncology) and Haematology Centre on Level 0, past the cafe and shops. Go straight along the corridor and turn left following the signs for the Cancer and Haematology Outpatient Department.

DTU is inside the Outpatient Department. Please check in at the Outpatient Department Reception, then take the door on the right into the Day Treatment Unit.

For Haematology Day Treatment Area

Enter DTU, continue ahead and it is the first desk you come to.

Telephone numbers

  • Outpatient Department Reception: 01865 235566
  • Appointments: 01865 235185
  • Day Treatment Unit (Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm): 01865 235554

Feedback

We will ask for your feedback about your experience on our unit. Please raise any concerns you may have with staff at the time, and ask to speak to the Sister or Deputy who will be happy to listen and resolve any issues wherever possible.

If staff are unable to resolve the issue, please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).