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Haematology

Our haematology service provides for the diagnosis and treatment of general and malignant haematology haemostasis / thrombosis cases, with chemotherapy services provided at Bishop Auckland Hospital (Mara chemotherapy unit), Darlington Memorial Hospital (Rosin chemotherapy unit, 4th floor), and the University Hospital of North Durham (the Joan James chemotherapy unit on the ground floor).

We have a nurse-led chemotherapy unit located in the Woodlands unit, Shotley Bridge Community Hospital, on the 4th floor of the Tower block, between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

We have links to regional centres at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The James Cook University Hospital, and North Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for haematological malignancy and haemophilia when appropriate.

There are two aspects to this service: laboratory and clinical.

The clinical service consists of inpatient care (day cases for chemotherapy investigations and therapeutic interventions) ward referrals and outpatient clinics.

The laboratory supports the hospital and local GPs by offering a range of haematological investigations and a blood transfusion service.

A 24 hour consultant advisory service covers both the laboratory and clinical services.

We aim to provide care closer to home throughout the region, with services provided at: Bishop Auckland Hospital, Darlington Memorial Hospital, Shotley Bridge Community Hospital, and the University Hospital of North Durham.

On each of these sites, there are outpatient clinics and day case / chemotherapy clinics. Inpatient facilities are available in Darlington Memorial Hospital and the University of North Durham, where there are ensuite rooms available for the management of neutropneic cases.

'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham