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Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Service

The Oxford BMT Service is an adult service for the treatment and care of patients undergoing autologous (cells from yourself) and allogeneic (cells from somebody else) blood and marrow transplantation.

The service is based at the Cancer and Haematology Centre at the Churchill Hospital.

Patients from the Thames Valley region who are being considered for BMT will be referred to our service by a haematology consultant, and invited to see a transplant consultant in one of our outpatient clinics.

All patients being considered for BMT are discussed at our twice monthly multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings in order to plan appropriate, timely, patient-centred treatment.

Once the decision to do a transplant has been made, the transplant will be scheduled.

In autologous transplantation, a BMT Nurse Practitioner will work closely with the patient , their family and other members of the transplant team to coordinate the entire transplant journey.

In allogeneic transplantation, a BMT Nurse Coordinator will coordinate care up until the point of transplant and the BMT Nurse Practitioner will provide support from then on.

Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse Coordinators and Nurse Practitioners

Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse Coordinators and Nurse Practitioners offer:

  • a contact point if you are undergoing a bone marrow transplant
  • specialist knowledge, advice and support throughout the transplant journey
  • help with physical symptoms, such as pain or nausea
  • advice on recovery at home
  • someone to talk to about worries or problems
  • advice on relationship, fertility or sexual problems
  • specialist knowledge and support for related donors (if applicable)
  • information about additional treatments.

BMT Nurse Coordinator

All patients referred to the Oxford Bone Marrow Transplant Service for an allogeneic transplant will have access to a BMT Nurse Coordinator. They are usually present when patients meet the transplant consultant to discuss bone marrow transplantation as a treatment option.

They will arrange for all the necessary pre-transplant tests to be done, meet with the patient to discuss their transplant schedule in detail and answer any questions or concerns that they or their family may have.

If a patient is having a transplant using cells from a family member, the BMT Nurse Coordinator will coordinate and manage the care of the donor. If the donor is unrelated, they will liaise closely with the donor registry.

BMT Nurse Practitioner

The BMT Nurse Practitioner is also an experienced transplant nurse. When patients are admitted, at discharge and during follow-up, they oversee care and offer support, advice and guidance to patients, relatives/carers and healthcare professionals.

Discharge

The BMT Nurse Practitioner spends time with patients and carers to ensure they are prepared for the next phase of their transplant journey, and know what to expect, and answers any queries they have.

They organise discharge and follow-up care; if required, they liaise closely with district hospitals, community carers and GPs to avoid unnecessary visits or admission to hospital.

Who to contact

Patients are given contact details for their BMT Nurse Practitioner and in the case of allogeneic transplantation, a BMT Nurse Coordinator.

Non-urgent messages can be left on the answerphone and calls are usually returned within 24 hours on weekdays.

Clinic appointment enquiries

  • Haematology Secretaries: 01865 235882 / 01865 235259

Research

We may ask our patients if they would like to take part in a clinical trial. For more information please visit:

Clinics

  • Wednesdays 9.00am - 12.30pm
  • Fridays 1.00pm - 4.00pm
  • Level 0, Cancer and Haematology Centre, Churchill Hospital

Our team

Consultants

The service is led by an experienced team of consultant haematologists:

  • Dr Andy Peniket, Programme Director
  • Dr Graham Collins
  • Dr Rob Danby
  • Dr Chris Hatton
  • Dr Jaimal Kothari
  • Dr Tim Littlewood
  • Dr Karthik Ramasamy
  • Prof Paresh Vyas

Nurse Practitioners

Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse Coordinators

  • Mandy Ellis
  • Denise Wareham

Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse Practitioners

Contacts

BMT Secretary

Further information

For more information about blood and marrow transplant, please visit: