- Please arrive 45 minutes early for your first appointment and report to the receptionist.
- You will need to arrive only 15 minutes early for the rest of your appointments.
- Patients who arrive more than 30 minutes after their scheduled appointment may have to reschedule for a later appointment or for another day.
- After signing in, you may need to have a blood specimen taken, after which you will return to reception to wait for your appointment.
- It is often better to have the blood taken a day before your visit.
- If you live quite far away, it is better to have your blood taken before the visit and to phone the nursing staff to make sure that your blood results are within limits before you drive all the way to the oncology unit.
- Each patient is treated in a recliner, however in most cases, you are free to get up and walk around with the intravenous equipment.
- Visitors are allowed only one at a time during treatment.
- Counsellors and social workers are available during visits if required.
- Your nurse will monitor your treatment and answer any questions and discuss possible side effects.
- The length of each session depends on your treatment plan and how you are feeling during treatment.
- Certain medications may make you sleepy following treatment.
- Should you feel drowsy you will not be allowed to leave unless someone else is driving or you wait for several hours before driving yourself.
- For this reason, patients may want to arrange for a relative or friend to drive them home.
- All future doctors visits, blood draws and treatments require an appointment.
- At the end of the first treatment, please schedule your next appointment.
- Please enquire from the nursing staff if you need to see the doctor at your next visit to ensure you make the right appointments.
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