Posted: December 11 2018
Tuesday 11 December sees the official opening of the new Community Treatment Unit (CTU) run by Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT), based at St Albans City Hospital (West Herts Hospital Trust), by The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, Councillor Rosemary Farmer.
Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councillor Rosemary Farmer, opens the new Community Treatment Unit
The new CTU includes six new patient bays, providing a total of eleven treatment spaces and two private clinic rooms, enabling the team to see more patients and accept more referrals.
One patient who appreciates the upgrade of the new surroundings is 78-year old Joyce Coleman from St Albans, who was diagnosed with anaemia four years ago. At the time she was referred to the Rapid Assessment Unit (RAU), formerly based at the hospital, for regular blood transfusions.
Joyce Coleman, CTU Patient
Joyce said: “The RAU was old, tired and a bit claustrophobic. The nurses were lovely but in summer it got very hot and in winter very cold – we were even given blankets to keep warm!”
All that changed in October 2018 when Joyce stopped attending the RAU, joining fellow patients at HCT’s new state-of-the-art CTU, also located within the same hospital. Joyce is most impressed by the new environment: “The views are lovely – it’s so nice and warm too. When you arrive you notice how clean and spacious it is. It’s not just the patients who appreciate it but also the nurses. When I receive my treatment I feel so relaxed I even fall asleep sometimes, returning home rested.”
Marion Dunstone, Director of Operations at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, said: “We’re delighted that the new Community Treatment Unit at St Albans City Hospital has been so well received by patients, their families and staff. This represents a big improvement in comparison to its previous location in the old Rapid Assessment Unit. Overall the CTU provides a much better environment for our patients with more light and space. Our nurses are able to offer them a service more tailored to their specific health needs and there’s the added advantage of receiving their treatment closer to home. It is also proving popular with the district nursing teams, GPs and the local Acute Hospitals.”
The unit welcomes haematology, oncology and renal patients providing them a range of treatments. These include intravenous therapies, blood transfusions, central venous access device maintenance plus chemotherapy disconnection, catheter care and wound care. The CTU is an outpatients day service and is open from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm.
Councillor Rosemary Farmer, Mayor of St Albans City and District, said: “The Community Treatment Unit is a significant development and I am sure it will further improve our local health services.”
Watch Joyce’s story about living with anaemia, as well as her need for frequent visits to the new Community Treatment Unit for blood transfusions.
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