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Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre

At Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre we care for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer, including all solid tumours and blood disorders. Many of our our patients are treated as out-patients, coming into the hospital for treatment such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy and going home again.  This may be at the BHOC itself or at one of our satellite units in north and south Bristol.

Our inpatient oncology ward is D603, where patients are admitted for supportive or palliative care. This may be due to complications caused by their cancer, side effects of treatment or acute deterioration in their overall condition, for example. We have a specific, nurse-led acute oncology assessment area, which takes direct referrals from existing patients or practitioners via a 24 hour direct triage line.  We champion compassionate, patient-led end of life care and have close working links with palliative care teams and organisations.

Level 7 of the BHOC houses our haematology department, with our inpatient ward on D703 and our day unit on D701. Here we care for patients with malignant or non-malignant haematological conditions. We also undertake life-saving bone marrow transplants and have specialist isolation rooms to care for patients and minimise their risks of subsequent infection.

We have a busy out-patients department on level 5 which includes the expanding chemotherapy day unit with a steady throughput of patients receiving a wide range of the latest cancer treatments, at all stages of their journey.

As the principle treatment centre for the south west we are proud of our examplary teenage and young adult unit, for this particular group of oncology and haematology patients.

An integral part of the Trust, the BHOC is like a hospital within a hospital, with its own sense of identity and community among its staff and patients.

Our centre

In March 2014, we proudly opened an extension to the centre which includes a purpose built  TYA Unit (teenagers and young adults with cancer), and a 21 bedded combined Bone Marrow Transplant, and Haematology Unit, with a day care facility attached to it, including an Apheresis Unit.

The Centre consists of a 30 bedded Oncology Ward, Ward D603, which includes an Acute Oncology Unit, and is home to the TYA unit called “Area 61”. We also have Ward D703, which is a 21 bedded purpose built Haematology and bone marrow transplant unit, with a day area attached. D703 specialises in complex bone marrow transplants and has 7 specialist ventilation rooms.

An Apheresis Unit and the Regional Haemophilia comprehensive Care Service is also housed within the Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant unit. The Haemoglobinopathy Service also sits within Ward D703.

We are keen to recruit nurses who are newly qualified, but also individuals who already have experience in haematology/bone marrow transplantation and adolescent care.

In addition to this, we deliver Outpatient Services including the Oncology Chemotherapy Day Unit and Oncology/Haematology Outpatient clinics, we also have two Satellite Clinics delivering chemotherapy at a community hospital, and a medical centre in the North and South of the city. Also, at BHOC, we have a Radiotherapy Treatment floor, including 5 Linacs, and a Brachytherapy Theatre, for delivering High Dose Radiotherapy, in addition to a new Gamma Knife suite, and a Nurse Led PICC (Peripherally inserted Central Venous Catheter) line Service.

The fantastic new state-of-the-art Teenage Cancer Trust Unit is an integrated haematology and oncology facility. It has three inpatient rooms and three day care spaces for young people aged 16-24 years. For the first time, young people from Bristol and the South West, have the opportunity to be cared for in a specialised Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) cancer unit, alongside people their own age.

To find out more about the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, click to visit the Trust page.

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