Blood testing

Phlebotomy and full blood count testing for cancer patients

Autumn 2007

£17,000 to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn for extra blood testing facilities.
Currently all patients attending the Macmillan Care and Treatment Centre for chemotherapy, transfusion or clinical review are required to visit the Pathology department for blood testing.  Patients often have to queue for long periods, causing delays in the clinic.  Immunosuppressed patients (who have been educated to avoid crowded places to minimise contact with infection) have to sit in close proximity to others whilst waiting to be called for their tests. In addition, blood cannot be taken from central lines in the general phlebotomy unit and so patients sometimes have unnecessary venepuncture.  

This grant will help provide a blood testing facility within the Macmillan Centre.  The patient would be taken into a separate room for phlebotomy on arrival and so not exposed to a crowded waiting area.  The phlebotomist could also receive specialist training for taking blood samples from central lines.  This would solve the problems described above and considerably improve the patient’s experience.

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