New nurse led bone marrow biopsy clinic

A new nurse led bone marrow biopsy clinic being run by two senior nurses has helped improve patient care.

IMG_2767Mercy Cabrega and Emma Cross are specially trained to be able to carry out the biopsies only previously performed by consultants and associate specialists for haematology.

Mercy and Emma, the haematology unit matron and deputy ward matron, have been running clinics from both the University Hospital of North Tees and the University Hospital of Hartlepool over the last few months.

Mercy said: “Every year more than 200 patients undergo a bone marrow biopsy. This is something that can add a considerable amount to the workload of a consultant.

“Now that Emma and I are fully trained, we are able to ease this workload pressure and help provide a more smooth and continuous journey for any patient being cared for in the haematology unit. It is also helping to prevent any delay in diagnosis and reduce waiting times in clinic.

“Patient feedback has been very positive and we are very pleased with how it has worked so far.”

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