Weybourne Day Unit

The Weybourne Day Unit is the chemotherapy outpatient department.

The treatments given on the Day Unit are :

  • Chemotherapy
  • Blood Transfusions
  • Biological Treatments
  • Stem Cell Harvesting
  • Venesections
  • Clinical Trials

 

The Weybourne Day Unit provides a nurse-led oncology and haematology service.  Specially trained chemotherapy nurses and nurse specialists administer outpatient chemotherapy regimens, who are supported by the oncology and haematology consultants and a team of doctors specially trained in chemotherapy.

Where to book in

There is a separate Weybourne Day Unit Reception for patients attending for treatments within the Colney Centre.

Visitor facilities

There are 14 reclining chairs where patients receive  their treatment.  A visitor is allowed to accompany each patient.  Refreshments are provided throughout the day and a light lunch is served to patients between 12 midday and 2 pm.  There are magazines, newspapers and DVD players with a variety of DVDs to watch; we hope this will help pass the time during the treatment.

Treatments

Chemotherapy. There are a variety of different chemotherapy treatments.  The appropriate treatment for each patient is discussed during consultation with a clinician.  The administration time for each chemotherapy regimen is variable and can take anything between 30 minutes to several hours.

Blood Transfusions. Occasionally it may be necessary to have a blood transfusion during your treatment.  Depending on the amount of blood you require will depend on the administration time which can take anything between 2 hours to 7 hours.  We also run a Saturday service to administer blood transfusions.

Biological Treatments.  Biological treatments are either given as part of the chemotherapy regimen or as an individual treatment.  The treatment required will determine the length of time it takes to be administered, and this could be anything from 1 hour to several hours.

Stem Cell Harvesting.  Stem cell harvesting takes place in a side room (with a bed) off the Day Unit.  This procedure is carried out by one of the haematology nurse specialists.

Venesections.  This procedure is undertaken by one of the haematology nurse specialists and usually takes approximately 1 – 2 hours.

Clinical Trials.  Some oncology and haematology treatments are given as part of a clinical trial.  This will have been discussed with the patient by the clinician and a clinical trials practitioner.