St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust is one of the largest healthcare units in the United Kingdom accommodating around 1170 beds and treating around 89,000 inpatient and day cases, and over 448,000 outpatients annually. It provides general acute services together with specialty services including neurosciences, cardiothoracic, haemato-oncology/ palliative care and specialist children’s services. St George’s Hospital is the main teaching hospital in the western sector of the South Thames, and as such has developed links with most district general.
The Haemato-oncology/palliative care department provides a comprehensive service to its surrounding boroughs and South East London. It provides expert services for the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of all forms of malignancies and provides comprehensive clinical care to patients using inpatient, outpatient, day care and community facilities. The Department has been steadily expanding, both in terms of new patients and in provision of services.
The department consists of 9 Medical Oncology Consultants, 8 Haematology Consultants, 3 Palliative Care Consultants supported by Specialist Registrars, Clinical Fellows, Core Medical Trainees, Physician Assistants in addition to tumour-specific Clinical Nurse Specialists, ward nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social services, counsellors and chaplaincy. Inpatients are cared for on a dedicated 19-bedded oncology ward as well as a dedicated 14-bedded haematology ward including stem cell transplantation.
Palliative and Supportive Care
The Palliative Care Support Team is integral to the provision of Haemato-oncology services at St George’s Hospital and ensures a seamless transition of care between hospital, hospice and community and links with Primary Healthcare.
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