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New local service changing patients’ lives

21 August 2019

A new treatment available now at Logan Hospital is changing the lives of patients requiring regular treatment for autoimmune disorders.

Day Therapy Unit CNC Shanaye Garnham said the Subcutaneous Immunoglobulin (SCIg) Program started last month with its first patient Peter Holbrook who, despite living in Logan, had been forced to travel to Tweed Hospital for treatment.

“There are two reasons we treat patient with immunoglobulins;

replacement of immunoglobulins for people whose bodies are unable to produce enough antibodies to maintain a healthy immune system and immunomodulation where immunoglobulins are given to people when there is an autoimmune disorder diagnosed and the immune system attacks its own body tissues by mistake.

“Normally patients have to come into to hospital to get the IV version (IVIG) that takes 4-5hrs but SCIg allows patients to infuse themselves at home so there is no need to come into hospital for treatment.”

Peter said he was extremely grateful that Logan Hospital had started SCIg which meant he now saved considerable time and money.

“It’s already made such a difference to me,” he said.

“It’s just wonderful.”

Last updated 21 August 2019
Last reviewed 21 August 2019

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