Pennine Acute Trust: Teaching Patient and Carers to Inject Chemotherapeutic Drug in the Comfort of Their Own House to Enhance Quality of Life and Avoid Unnecessary Hospital Commute and Exposure During the Pandemic

Bortezomib is recommended as an option for treatment of myeloma, a haematological malignancy. Patients, most of them elderly, had to come to the haematology day unit at least 32 times.

The haematology team have initiated a service whereby patients are taught to inject the drug in the comfort of their own house. This has had a significant positive impact on their quality of life by avoiding unnecessary hospital commutes and exposure during the pandemic, as evidenced in the patient experience survey. It has also created additional capacity on the day unit and financial profits based on cost per episode.

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