Post-transplant specialist nurse is introduced in Newcastle Freeman Hospital

Posted: January 15, 2015 at 1:43 am

A pioneering bone marrow post-transplant specialist nurse is introduced in Tyneside - the first post of its kind outside London.

Leading blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan has introduced the role based at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, at Newcastles Freeman Hospital.

Susan Paskar has been employed in the job, funded by Anthony Nolan, to support patients with leukaemia and other blood cancers who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants.

The 38-year-old will be patients dedicated point of contact at the hospital once they have been allowed to go home following their transplant and will be able to offer specialist support and advice.

Susan, who lives in Newcastle and has worked with bone marrow transplant patients at the Freeman Hospital for four years, said: I was very happy to take up this position as I saw that there was a need for more follow-up for patients they get a lot of support early on but we need to be able to continue to support them after their transplants so they can have the best possible quality of life.

I think the patients would tell you that this new role is a vital one. After their initial treatment comes to an end, patients will need long-term monitoring and they are often left with a lot of problems which may need further intervention, and many patients will need extra support to help them get used to the new normal.

Susan will also be able to refer patients to other services, such as dieticians, and to help them overcome any physical and psychological difficulties they experience after their transplant.

She added: It is a very rewarding job as you maintain your relationships with patients for a long time. You get to know your patients, and their families, really well.

Anthony Nolan is introducing three specialist nurse positions as part of its focus on improving quality of life for people after a transplant.

The first nurse, Hayley Leonard, has already taken up a position at The Royal Marsden in London. Susan took up her role in Newcastle in December and a third nurse will be recruited to work at Manchester Royal Infirmary and The Christie, in Manchester.

Post-transplant specialist nurse is introduced in Newcastle Freeman Hospital

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