Blood transfusions in ambulatory care areas

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Blood transfusions involve giving a bag of donated blood, which has been matched to your blood type to treat anaemia. As anaemia has lots of different causes, we will liaise with your GP following your visit to see if other treatments or investigations may be of benefit. {%%{base64content PGRpdiBjbGFzcz0ieC10ZXh0IiBzdHlsZT0iY29sb3I6ICMyMzFGMjA7IiAgPjxwPkJsb29kIHRyYW5zZnVzaW9ucyBpbnZvbHZlIGdpdmluZyBhIGJhZyBvZiBkb25hdGVkIGJsb29kLCB3aGljaCBoYXMgYmVlbiBtYXRjaGVkIHRvIHlvdXIgYmxvb2QgdHlwZSB0byB0cmVhdCBhbmFlbWlhLiBBcyBhbmFlbWlhIGhhcyBsb3RzIG9mIGRpZmZlcmVudCBjYXVzZXMsIHdlIHdpbGwgbGlhaXNlIHdpdGggeW91ciBHUCBmb2xsb3dpbmcgeW91ciB2aXNpdCB0byBzZWUgaWYgb3RoZXIgdHJlYXRtZW50cyBvciBpbnZlc3RpZ2F0aW9ucyBtYXkgYmUgb2YgYmVuZWZpdC48L3A+CjwvZGl2Pgo= }%%}{%%{base64content 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 }%%}{%%{base64content 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 }%%}{%%{base64content PGRpdiBjbGFzcz0ieC10ZXh0IiBzdHlsZT0iY29sb3I6ICMyMzFGMjA7IiAgPjxwPlByaW5jZXNzIFJveWFsIEhvc3BpdGFsIFJBTVUgbnVtYmVyOiA8YSBocmVmPSJ0ZWw6MDE0NDQgNDQxODgxIj4wMTQ0NCA0NDE4ODE8L2E+LCBleHRlbnNpb24gODU1NyAod2Vla2RheXMgOWFtICYjODIxMTsgOHBtKS48L3A+CjxwPlJveWFsIFN1c3NleCBDb3VudHkgSG9zcGl0YWwgRUFDVSBOdW1iZXI6IDxhIGhyZWY9InRlbDowMTI3MyA2OTY5NTUiPjAxMjczIDY5Njk1NTwvYT4sIGV4dGVuc2lvbiA2NDAwMiAoOGFtICYjODIxMTsgOHBtKS48L3A+CjwvZGl2Pgo= }%%} This information is for …

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Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)

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What is ITP? Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a condition which causes the number of platelets in your blood to be reduced. Platelets are what makes blood clot and they are needed to help you stop bleeding and bruising after an injury. If you do not have enough platelets in your blood, you are likely to bruise very easily or …

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Welcome to the haematology/oncology ward

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When can I have visitors? Visitors are welcome on the ward every day between 3pm and 8pm. It may not always be possible to visit outside of these hours. This is because of the needs of the ward, and our commitment to respect the privacy and dignity of other patients. Only in exceptional circumstances do we allow relatives to stay …

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Having a venesection

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This leaflet explains what a venesection is, and the risks and benefits of having this procedure. It also tells you what to expect when you come in to have this treatment. Why do I need a venesection? When the number of red blood cells in your blood is increased, the blood flow around your body can become slow. This can …

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Privigen solution for infusion

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What is Privigen? Privigen belongs in a class of medicines called human normal immunoglobins. Immunoglobulins are also called antibodies and are blood proteins that help your body to fight infections. Privigen contains immunoglobulins that have been prepared form the blood of healthy people. It works in exactly the same way as the immunoglobulins that healthy people have naturally in their …

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Prophylactic nebulised pentamidine

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What is pentamidine? Pentamidine is used to prevent and treatment a type of pneumonia called pneumocystis jirovecii. Patients with an immune system which doesn’t work very well (a supressed immune system) are more likely to get this infection. Nebulised (steam inhaled) pentamidine is used: when you have experienced side effects to other drugs like Cotri moxazole and can no longer …

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Venous sampling

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What is Venous Sampling?Venous sampling is a procedure that involves inserting a catheter (thin tube) into a specific vein or veins, taking blood samples from them and sending them to the laboratory for testing. The results can help the doctors looking after you to make decisions about any future treatment. Why do I need venous sampling?The doctors in charge of …

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Intravenous iron

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What is intravenous iron (IV iron)?IV iron is used to treat iron deficiency when iron preparations taken by mouth (like tablets) have not worked or cannot be used. The aim of the treatment is to boost your iron stores. Why is iron important? Iron is important because it helps your body to make haemoglobin. Haemoglobin, or ‘Hb’, is the protein …

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what happens now information for haematology patients

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Patients being treated for any haematological condition will experience a variety of treatments in a number of settings. Who is this leaflet for?This leaflet is predominantly aimed at patients who have received chemotherapy in a hospital setting over a period of several months either locally or in London where they have undergone a stem cell transplant. Whilst you have been …

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