The Princess Alexandra Hospital Infusion Service has relocated to the Clinical Research Facility in R wing to continue administering an average of 480 infusion treatments each month.
The service administers regular treatment to manage symptoms for patients with autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and Crohn’s disease.
“Around 90 per cent of our patients are regulars who attend the clinic weekly, fortnightly, even monthly,” said Infusion Unit Team Leader, Sally McCracken.
“This means we have a real community feel, patients become members of the ‘family’ and choose their treatment days to match the people they have met here which is really lovely.”
While there is generally no cure for these patients, the regular treatments may contain the disease.
“These treatments are all about giving the patient a good quality of life.
“Sometimes treatment is very effective and very well managed in partnership with the patient, but the aim is to assist our patients as much as possible.”
The Unit treats about 25 patients a day with five dedicated nurses working the floor.
“It’s fast paced with a rapid patient turn over but that’s fundamental to our service,” she said.
“It’s a rewarding environment to work in as we are able to form a bond with our patients here, we celebrate birthdays, we bring in chocolates, we’re friends in many respects.”