We are very proud to announce that our clinical team are now able to perform blood transfusions to help in symptom management, from the comfort of the hospice.

We are delighted to announce that we are now able to offer blood transfusions to patients on-site.

The idea was first suggested by patients and nurses from the hospice, in the hope to ease the unnecessary discomfort of patients having to travel to and from hospitals for routine blood transfusions.

Following a successful funding bid, to cover the cost of a blood pump, it is now possible for patients to receive the blood transfusion in the comfort and privacy of their own rooms at the hospice. This extra level of care has been warmly welcomed.

Lynn Andrews (Director of Clinical Services and relation of the first patient to receive a blood transfusion at St Andrew’s Hospice) stated: “I want to say a big thanks from me and my family for the fantastic care my father-in-law has received over the last few weeks. He thinks you are all amazing including the catering, cleaners and nursing teams. He does not praise often but he was in really poor condition when he came into the hospice and credits you all with the fact that he has now gone home. Huge thanks to you all.”

The blood pump that is used in the procedure was purchased with the financial help of Leeds Building Society and Make a Difference Locally (MADL). The required blood is stored at St Hugh’s Hospital ready for our hospice nurses to complete the transfusion.

The hospice would like to thank all the financial supporters that have enabled this to happen for our patients.

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