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COVID-19 update

Changes to services from Monday 24 August 2020

Please note that if you have an outpatient chemotherapy, immunotherapy or supportive therapy appointment e.g. blood transfusion treatment, at Chapter House this will now take place at the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre (BHOC) or at our satellite units at the South Bristol Community Hospital or North Bristol Concord Medical Centre.

We are contacting patients who have a scheduled appointment to let them know in advance. If you haven't heard from the team please call the number on your appointment letter.

Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) information sessions

Prior to starting Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) you would usually attend a New Patient Information session.

At this session you would receive general, but essential, information about Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy and some of the side affects you need to be aware of. These sessions would normally be in a group format of 5-7 patients.

The Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre has decided to temporarily suspend the group information sessions.

In preparation for your first treatment we would recommend that you:

  • Read the Macmillan information on its webpage What is chemotherapy and watch the short film.
  • Read the Macmillan leaflet on the specific treatment regimen you will be receiving. You may access this information on the Macmillan wesbite here.

For additional information you may find the Macmillan Understanding chemotherapy booklet helpful. You can read it on the Macmillan website here.

In preparation for your first immunotherapy treatment we would recommend that you:

  • Watch this short film What is Immunotherapy  developed by the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.
  • Read the Macmillan Immunotherapy information relevant to you.
  • Read the Macmillan leaflet on the specific treatment regimen you will be receiving. You may access this information on the Macmillan website here.

A nurse will contact you via telephone a few days before your treatment is due to start. This will be to ensure that you have the necessary medication(s) to take prior to starting treatment if needed, and have had a pre-treatment blood test.

The Macmillan Support Line offers confidential support to people living with cancer and their loved ones. You can call free on 0808 808 00 00, 7 days a week, 8am-8pm. 

If you have developed any symptoms of coronavirus please follow the latest national guidelines and advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Please do not come to the hospital unless advised and contact your Oncologist who will make a recommendation regarding any necessary changes to your treatment start date.

The following links to external website provide useful information regarding risk of Covid 19 whilst receiving treatment and advice on prevention: