New unit at Conquest opens

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A DEDICATED unit to treat more patients with inflammatory diseases has opened at the Conquest Hospital.

The new facility has been launched in Blackwell Ward to help deal with a growing demand for intravenous treatment.

It sees day cases only, meaning patients only have to spend a few hours in hospital.

The unit provides various infusion treatments for patients with a number of different chronic inflammatory medical conditions.

Michele Small, general manager in medicine and emergency care, said: “The opening of this new unit is all about providing patient-centred care and enabling us to treat more patients. There is a growing demand for infusion treatment so it will help cope with this.

“It will mean fewer people with inflammatory conditions will have to come into hospital for more long-term treatment.”

The new facility can treat nine patients at a time and can see between 18 to 20 per day.

The patients who are treated at the unit have serious medical conditions and have already been under the care of a specialist nurse and consultant.

The Conquest previously provided infusion treatment within the McCartney Unit, which primarily treats cancer patients, and the endoscopy unit.