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Oncology and Haematology Pharmacy Services

Cytotoxic medicines drugs are used around the hospital mainly in the treatment of malignant diseases but also for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and in ophthalmic surgery.

The cytotoxic drugs are prepared in a new, purpose built chemotherapy unit which opened in October 2015. The unit is located within the Woolverstone Wing along with cancer services departments including the Woolverstone Macmillan day centre, Somersham Oncology and Haematology inpatient ward and the Radiotherapy department. Cytotoxic production is carried out in one of three specialist pharmaceutical isolators. The isolators provide a very clean environment for the preparation of the drugs and at the same time protect the staff from the toxic effects of the drugs.

Oncology Pharmacy services are managed by the lead pharmacist for Oncology and Haematology. There are also other senior pharmacists who provide clinical support (including attending ward rounds and liaising with the Palliative Care team) as well as technical support to the preparation unit. Two senior technicians support the roles of the pharmacists by managing and training the rotational pharmacy technicians and assistants assigned to the unit.

The unit is actively involved with clinical trials and other research projects within this speciality.