Clinical teams from St Mark’s Hospital at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust and LloydsPharmacy have joined forces to deliver a new treatment pathway for gastroenterology patients that will be based in the community.
The new service means that patients can now have their treatment – subcutaneous injections and infusions – at one of two brand new mobile heath units in Wembley and South Ruislip.
The new units are provided by a charity organisation called Tenovus Health and will be available four days a week.
The hospital nursing team will discuss the process of receiving treatment in the community with patients who are suitable for the new service. Patients that have their treatment in this new exciting setting will have it administered at the unit by specialist IV therapy nurses from LloydsPharmacy, who work in conjunction with the St Mark’s inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) team.
As the National Bowel Hospital, St Mark’s Hospital provides highly specialist care for patients with gastroenterological conditions. Demand for the service is high, so finding new ways for patients to receive care out of hospital is important for the team. This new partnership will help free up time and space in hospital for those patients who need very complex or urgent care, as well as supporting those who are admitted to the hospital.
For patients, the service offers a stress-free way to receive care in convenient locations.
Matt Fitzpatrick, divisional general manager for Surgery at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be launching this partnership with LloydsPharmacy, which will offer patients a great experience in the community, while helping our staff look after patients who require complex care in hospital.”
Rhiannon Skilton, healthcare operations manager at McKesson UK, including LloydsPharmacy, added: “Going through treatment can be a stressful time for patients, so providing alternative options where they have that treatment can help them feel more in control. Whether it’s at home, in hospital or in a mobile unit, patients should be able to choose to receive their care in an environment they feel most comfortable.”