St Luke’s Outpatients
Most outpatient appointments will take place over the telephone or via a video call.
If you have a planned appointment and have not heard from us to change your appointment, please contact us using the contact details on your appointment letter. Please do not come in unless we ask you to.
If you are due to come in for an appointment that we have confirmed is still happening and you or anyone in your household has suspected Coronavirus symptoms, please contact us using the contact details on your appointment letter. We will inform your consultant and let you know what to do next.
There is no longer a requirement to wear a face mask, but you may do so if you wish.
If you are experiencing any Covid 19 symptoms, please contact the department as soon as possible before your appointment.
Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy continues to be delivered on Chilworth day unit. If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus please do not attend. To maintain some distance between people we have reduced the number of our treatment chairs and extended our opening hours, to ensure we can treat everyone without having too many people in at any one time.
Please come at the time of your appointment and not too early, to minimise your length of time on the unit. Your temperature will be taken on arrival.
Unfortunately at this time, we cannot allow any visitors or family to attend with you. If someone has travelled with you to hospital, please can we ask that they remain in their car. If you or anyone in your household has suspected Coronavirus symptoms, please contact us using the contact details on your appointment letter. We will inform your consultant and let you know what to do next.
All oncology diagnostic procedures will continue as normal throughout the pandemic. Some non-oncology routine scans will be postponed until further notice. Urgent molecular radiotherapy will continue. We will be telephoning all patients 24 - 48 hours before the appointment to confirm that they still wish to attend and to confirm that they have no Coronavirus symptoms at this point in time. We ask that patients attend the department no more than five minutes before their appointment and only bring someone with them if absolutely necessary, ie a carer. We also request that patients do not remain in the department between their radiopharmaceutical injection and scan and recommend that they return to their car, wherever possible, during this period. If patients are unable to do this, then they may remain in the department.
All chairs in the waiting area are separated by a 2 metre space and we ask patients not to move these.
If you experience Coronavirus symptoms on the day of your planned procedure, please do not come in for your appointment, instead, telephone the department and we will inform your consultant and tell you what to do next.
Onslow ward is currently looking after patients with cancer and patients who have had or are due to have surgery.
During this time, we would like it if you had a named contact that the ward can communicate and update you of how your relative is doing, please provide us with one contact number.
Your treatment will be managed by our specialist centre with outstanding experience in treating cancer, where you’ll be cared for by a team of different healthcare professionals known as a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT).
Members of the MDT will include a surgical oncologist (a surgeon who specialises in the treatment of cancer), a clinical oncologist (a specialist in the non-surgical treatment of cancer) and a specialist cancer nurse, among others.
Your MDT will recommend what they think is the best treatment for you, but the final decision will be yours.
Our recommended treatment plan may include a combination of: