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Chemotherapy kit making "huge difference"

Chemotherapy kit making "huge difference"

Published at 11:21am 10th July 2016. (Updated at 11:28am 10th July 2016)

Harrogate District Hospital has installed another piece of equipment to help prepare vital chemotherapy drugs for cancer patients.

Fundraisers have provided just over £22,000 for a second chemotherapy isolator, which allows pharmacy staff to be safer and more efficient, especially at busy times, and make sure that the treatments are ready well in advance of them being needed.

The Aseptic Unit in the Pharmacy Department supports staff in the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre by preparing drugs in a sterile environment in a ready-to-administer form for the nurses to give to patients.

Treatment can now be ready in a more timely manner, as workload can be shared between two operators.

It also means that repetitive strain injuries are less likely to happen, as session times are now shorter.

Rebecca Ventress, Lead Pharmacist in Aseptic Services at Harrogate District Hospital, said: "We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated to the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre Charitable Fund, enabling us to have a second chemotherapy isolator to improve the service we provide to patients having chemotherapy at the Centre.

"We're really pleased that our service has been acknowledged in this way. Many people don't know too much about us, perhaps because a lot of what we do happens behind the scenes, but we provide a vital service for patients, as well as supporting our colleagues who do provide direct patient care. This extra piece of equipment is making a huge difference already."