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Healthcare at Home provides a convenient service for cancer patients and their referring consultants

22nd September 2020

In our latest blog, Dr Gleb Ivanov, who is a referring consultant, describes his experience of working with Healthcare at Home and explains why the service provided is convenient for patients and consultants.

Dr Ivanov, who has been referring patients to Healthcare at Home since 2010, said ‘Working with Healthcare at Home means I know my patients are well cared for.’

On one occasion, a patient had injured himself and was becoming septic from an infected wound when the nurse visited for a blood test. She saw that the patient was unwell, called an ambulance, and had him admitted straightaway. The patient was transferred from Accident and Emergency directly to Intensive Care Unit and survived. The nurse saved his life.

Because the treatment is carried out in the comfort of people’s own homes by nurses drawn from the same small pool of staff, they develop trusted relationships. Many patients say the nurses are part of the family.

They get the full attention of the nurse and have the time to talk about chemotherapy-related issues and more. Often, the patient will volunteer concerns they do not mention when they see me in clinic, and the nurses feed this back to me.

Knowing my patients have this kind of trusted relationship with the highly professional, highly experienced Healthcare at Home team gives me peace of mind.

“Regardless of complex logistics and multiple safety checks, Healthcare at Home works smoothly. It is convenient for patients and consultants and is very safe. Patients love the service and I would fully recommend it.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the value of home chemotherapy services – some patients, whose treatment would otherwise have been stopped, are still receiving therapy.

Find out more
To contact one of our Consultant Engagement Managers and find out more about how we can support you to offer your patients a choice of cancer treatment at home, please email cancerservices@hah.co.uk

Dr Gleb Ivanov
Consultant Haematologist. His special interests include lymphoma, thrombosis/thrombophilia and general haematology.

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