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Chemotherapy and Day Treatment Unit

About Us

The chemotherapy and day treatment unit is currently situated on level 2 of the North Devon District Hospital next to outpatients area B.  The unit has 11 treatment rooms with a mixture of chairs and beds.  The unit provides a combination of chemotherapy and medical treatments.  Additionally, some patients are placed in the unit to recover from biopsies e.g. lung or liver biopsies.

The unit is led by a specialist nursing team with a lead cancer nurse, two junior sisters, eight staff nurses and two senior healthcare assistants.  The unit also has two dedicated receptionists.  All of the nurses within the unit are trained to administer chemotherapy treatments so that you receive the best possible care.

Medical cover is provided by the oncology and haematology teams at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.  The teams provide onsite cover Monday to Friday and a consultant is available Monday to Friday (Haematology) and Tuesday to Friday (Oncology).

Attending the Chemotherapy and Day Treatment Unit

Your care team will advise you on when you need to attend the unit and the arrangements that apply.

It is vital that you telephone the Pharmacy Technical Department before 10 am on the day of your appointment.  The drugs used for chemotherapy treatments need to be made up ready for your appointment and due to the expensive cost of the drugs they will not be made up unless you have confirmed that you will be attending.

The Pharmacy Technical Department can be contacted on 01271 331 787 and there is an answerphone out of hours, so you can call anytime on the day.

Where can I find more information?

More information on the unit and the treatments provided can be obtained from the unit (telephone 01271 311 579) or your care team.  Additionally, there are a variety of patient information leaflets covering the unit and treatments provided available [here].

Information can also be found at the information prescription service which can create a personalised pack of information on a particular condition or treatment.