Plymouth is a specialist tertiary cancer centre which covers a population of 480,000 across Devon and Cornwall. We have both an inpatient ward and an outpatient chemotherapy unit.
Bracken Unit is a 22 bedded high dependency transplant unit delivering specialist stem cell and haematology a treatment to our patients in the southwest. This includes both autologous and allograph stem cell transplants.
Birch Day Case is open Monday – Friday 08:30-19:00 and is a busy unit specialising in caring for patients with malignant and non-malignant haematological conditions. We provide a number of services to our patients including chemotherapy, blood transfusions, venesections, apheresis procedures, Bone marrow Biopsies, clinical reviews and treatments pre and post stem cell transplant. The haematology research department is located on Birch Day Case Unit and has a number of trails open which broadens haematology patient’s treatment options including the availability of novel agents.
Our cancer services include a Macmillan Centre called the Mustard Tree which provides a fantastic support facility to our patients. This offers everything from a quiet space to counselling, treatments, financial advice to art therapy and mindfulness classes.
Our Haematology service has a really supportive friendly team. They will provide all training on both the ward and day case unit to ensure you are supported to deliver the best care. There are a number of nursing roles within haematology including ward and day-case nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists and research nurses.
We support all staff who want to further their education, there are regular teaching programmes within the Mustard Tree Macmillan Centre including ‘What is Cancer,’ ‘Cancer Treatments’ and ‘Communication’ study days which are on offer to all healthcare staff. We also offer the opportunity to study at Degree/Masters level in Stem Cell Transplant and Haematology modules.