We have 5 dedicated side rooms on Godstone ward, and average 8-15 in patients. We have a dedicated SHO on the ward, and the feedback is that, although a busy Job, it is a fantastic learning experience. Godstone ward is changing with plans to make it an acute haemato-oncology ward with 16 beds, and we anticipate that this should be happening in the latter end of 2014.
In patient work is mainly high dose chemotherapy regimens – ESHAP, AML induction, IDA-RAM, High dose Methotrexate to name but a few. We also see neutropenic sepsis, other complications of chemotherapy and acute presentations of malignancy. The SHO also sees patients on the chemotherapy day unit, and is encouraged to come to clinic on a weekly basis. There are 2 consultant led ward rounds per week, and the consultants appreciate that this is a highly specialist group of diagnoses and are happy to come to the ward at any point outside of official ward round slots.