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Bromsgrove's POW Hospital celebrates first anniversary of blood transfusion clinic

Bromsgrove Editorial 13th Aug, 2017

BROMSGROVE’S Princess of Wales Community Hospital is celebrating a year since the opening of its new clinic supporting people who require regular blood transfusions, writes Ramla Soni.

Since opening last August, 40 patients have accessed the blood transfusion clinic, with 89 units of blood successfully transfused over the year.

The aim is to provide more treatments in the community, closer to where people live wherever safe and appropriate.

Staff Nurse Clare Almquest, who runs the blood transfusion clinic, said: “The main benefits of the blood transfusion clinic at the Princess of Wales Community Hospital is the convenience and flexibility that it provides to patients.

“We run sessions each week which allow two different appointments to conveniently tie in together, meaning the patient spends less time in hospital.

“Often our patients don’t want to be in a busy acute environment so coming to Bromsgrove for a few hours is much more preferable.

“The new service is much less stressful for patients and staff have seen a real positive outcome of running this type of clinic in a community hospital.”

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