A charity that supports Northampton General Hospital and community hospitals countywide has launched an appeal to raise £350,000 to support a new emergency assessment bay at NGH.
Northamptonshire Health Charitable Fund, which aims to enhance patient experience beyond what the NHS can fund, has set up a fundraiser to develop and transform an area on Talbot Butler ward to create an purpose-built facility for haematology and oncology patients.
Oncology and haematology patients are often ill between their treatment cycles and require emergency support and review, sometimes immediately.
The new bay will have dedicated areas for triage, assessment and examinations in a spacious environment, which offers patients round-the-clock specialist care.
The urgent nature of these complications means that patients are unable to wait for outpatient appointments.
Currently, the support provided to patients is to attend the emergency assessment bay in the oncology outpatient department, between 9am-5pm from Monday to Friday.
Alternatively - outside of these times and when capacity has been reached in the current bay - the patients are advised to visit A&E.
With the patient’s immune system often compromised due to treatment, they can find themselves exposed to unnecessary infection in A&E, which the new bay aims to quash.
To donate or fundraise for the new bay, contact the charity team on 01604 626927 or email the team on firstname.lastname@example.org.