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The Trevor Howell Day Unit delivers systemic anti-cancer treatments (SACT) to patients with different types of cancer, this treatments include chemotherapy and immunotherapy.

The unit is a spacious environment with 15 chairs in three separate treatment areas.

We are a small and friendly team who are passionate about caring for
patients with cancer. We want to make your experience with us as best as possible and have adopted the trust values of being excellent, kind, responsible and respectful.

The unit is led by a sister and staffed by a team of nurses who
have expertise in performing venepuncture, cannulation,
administering SACT and the care of central
venous access devices.
Our support team consists of receptionists, schedulers, and
healthcare assistants, all of whom are devoted to supporting
patients and their families whilst they receive treatment.

Preparing ahead of treatment

Clinic appointment
Clinic appointments need to be 48 hours before treatment is due to start. The clinician will need your blood tests results before prescribing your treatment which is then
made by the hospital pharmacy. Please make sure you have your next appointment booked
before you leave as we do not book clinic appointment.

Blood tests

Blood tests need to be done at least 2 hours before you clinic appointment and can be done at the following locations:
• Clinic A on the ground floor Lanesborough wing, Monday to
Friday 9am- 5.30pm
• Haematology & Oncology Outpatients clinic (HOOP),
ground floor St James Wing, Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm

If you have central lines (PICC or Hickman line or Porta Cath),you must book an appointment in the Trevor Howell Day Unit for your blood test.

Treatment appointment
Your clinician will allocate your treatment to our booking system. On your first visit, you will receive an appointment card from our chemotherapy scheduler who will tell you your next appointment date on the day or later per email.
You will not be seen if you do not have an appointment.

Making changes to your appointment
Please ring us in advance if you are unable to attend your appointment.
If you are travelling or going on holidays, please be aware that this needs to be discussed with your consultant or registrar at your clinic appointment as our nurses are not authorise to change treatment dates.

On the day of your treatment

Arriving for your treatment
Please hand over your appointment card to the reception team on arrival. If you fail to bring your card your treatment may be missed. Please do your best to arrive on time, late comers may experience long delays or may be asked to reschedule treatment.

We can provide a form for parking in case if you need to stay a long period of time or attend the unit more than once a week.

Oral medications
Collection of oral medicines are done by appointment only and
scheduled after 1.30pm.

Refreshments & light lunches
Water and hot drinks are available for free.We offer patients a light lunch around midday consisting of sandwiches, snacks and water bottle.

What do you need to bring with you?

  • Any medicines that you may need to take throughout the day.
  • A book, laptop or tablet to use while having treatment. There is free wi-fi in the unit.
In between treatments

If you are unwell on systemic anti-cancer treatment you need to call the Acute Oncology Care Unity (AOCU) on 07831147653. This is a 24hrs service.

Contact your cancer nurse specialist (CNS) for advice and queries
relating to diagnosis, on-going investigations or scan appointments/

Please keep a record of any side effects you experience during
treatment and highlight these to your consultant or specialist registrar
during your clinic appointment so any adjustment can be actioned
appropriately for your next cycle