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Friday, November 22, 2019
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Doreen Thomason cuts the cake with members of the team

Celebrating a decade of compassionate care in Haematology

The first patient to be treated on Salford Royal’s haematology unit was invited back as guest of honour to help mark its 10th anniversary.


Doreen Thomason was treated on the unit in 2008 for myelodysplasia and leukaemia and attended a special anniversary celebration with dozens of other past and present patients and relatives.


Doreen underwent three rounds of chemotherapy, spending six weeks on the unit on each occasion. She said: “I got to know the staff really well. I would often have to be in isolation and I did have some quite tough times but the team were always there to keep me going. I owe my life to the staff working on this unit.”


The unit, now located in Brooke Building, opened in 2008 and treats approximately 90 patients per week on the day case unit and has eight inpatient beds.


The unit treats a variety of haematological conditions, specialising in haematological oncology. Patients are treated with conditions such as acute leukaemia, myeloma and lymphoma. 


The unit is staffed with four consultants, one advanced practitioner, 17 registered general nurses, six clinical support workers a housekeeper and two ward clerks. Patients come from Salford, Wigan and Bolton for treatment of acute leukaemia. It also has a close working relationship with the haematology transplant units at The Christie and Manchester Foundation Trust.


An anniversary celebration was held on the unit including a raffle, a buffet and displays showcasing all the staff who have worked on the unit over the years.


Lorna Milne, Advanced Practitioner, who originally opened the unit said: “It is a privilege to support the patients, families and carers throughout their time with us and it was wonderful that so many could join us in our celebrations.”