Our haematology service provides for the diagnosis and treatment
of general and malignant haematology haemostasis / thrombosis
cases, with chemotherapy services provided at
Bishop Auckland Hospital (Mara chemotherapy unit), Darlington
Memorial Hospital (Rosin chemotherapy unit, 4th floor), and the
University Hospital of North Durham (the Joan James chemotherapy
unit on the ground floor).
We have a nurse-led chemotherapy unit located in the Woodlands
unit, Shotley Bridge Community Hospital, on the 4th floor of the
Tower block, between 8.30am and 5pm, Tuesday, Thursday and
We have links to regional centres at the Newcastle upon Tyne
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The James Cook University Hospital,
and North Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for haematological
malignancy and haemophilia when appropriate.
There are two aspects to this service: laboratory and
The clinical service consists of inpatient care (day cases for
chemotherapy investigations and therapeutic interventions) ward
referrals and outpatient clinics.
The laboratory supports the hospital and local GPs by offering a
range of haematological investigations and a blood transfusion
A 24 hour consultant advisory service covers both the laboratory
and clinical services.
We aim to provide care closer to home throughout the region,
with services provided at: Bishop Auckland Hospital, Darlington Memorial
Hospital, Shotley Bridge Community
Hospital, and the University Hospital of
On each of these sites, there are outpatient clinics and day
case / chemotherapy clinics. Inpatient facilities are available in
Darlington Memorial Hospital and the University of North Durham,
where there are ensuite rooms available for the management of
Our consultant led service has dedicated clinical nurse
specialists, additional specialist nursing support and therapies,
all of which provide comprehensive care throughout the patient's
North - Sister Elizabeth Gibson(University
Hospital of North Durham: 0191 333 2653 and Shotley Bridge
Community Hospital: 01207 594 553).
South - Sister Catherine Simspon, Acting
Manager (Darlington Memorial Hospital: 01325 743 937 and Bishop
Auckland Hospital: 01388 455 155).
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community