From April 1st 2017 Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (BTUH) will be providing the Haematology Service at Brentwood Community Hospital.
In order to ensure that services are maintained without disruption and where possible, the following steps have been put into place:
Rapid Advice Service for Haematology (RASH) – this service will transfer without disruption. The current provider North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) and BTUH have been working to ensure that there is no disruption in provision.
The RASH service provides GPs with the ability to seek consultation support and guidance on management of patients without the need for unnecessary hospital admission. The service helps the CCG manage demand on the acute system.
INR Anticoagulation Service (Warfarin Clinic) – this service will continue without any disruption. The patients seen will receive the same service as prior to the change. Any results will be shared with the patient’s GP practice via the electronic system ensuring that GPs continue to receive the information they need to prescribe Warfarin treatment.
The INR Anticoagulation Service provides management of patients who require anticoagulation medication to manage their condition whether this is long term or for a short period of time. Patients will have the necessary blood test to identify the required medication dosage to ensure that their treatment is effective.
Infusion and Transfusion Service – this service will transfer without disruption. The service provides blood transfusions and other infusions required by patients who would otherwise require admission or attendance at an acute hospital.
The infusion/transfusion service provides GPs with a service that is community-based which patients can to be referred to for blood transfusions, platelets infusions and infusions of medication, for example iron infusions and Pamidronate. The intention of this service is to provide care outside of the acute hospital, reducing demand and pressure on the acute hospitals.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) / Pulmonary Embolism (PE) Service –
Referrals for this part of the service will continue to be made to Brentwood Community Hospital; the patient will be contacted by the service and asked to attend Basildon Hospital for an appointment to assess and diagnose whether the patient has a DVT or PE. For those patients requiring anticoagulation will be able to attend their clinics appointments at Brentwood Community Hospital.
The intention is that the service will return to Brentwood Community Hospital in the near future once staff has been recruited to provide this service. We will ensure regular updates on the service are provided to the CCG, GPs and Patients to keep them informed of the new service and patient experience and outcomes.
We would like to assure local GPs and patients that we are working hard to reinstate this service at Brentwood Community Hospital as soon as possible but need to ensure that it is delivered in a safe and effective way.
Anyone with questions about the about the future service should contact the Anticoagulation admin team on 01268 524900 ext 4880.
Date: 10 February 2017