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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

Patient Education
CP6 Leukemia/BMT Daycare Outpatient Unit

Appointments

Your first Leukemia/BMT Daycare appointment may be given to you before you start treatment or before you are discharged from the Leukemia/BMT Inpatient Unit. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

  1. What can I expect?
  2. What do I need to bring?
  3. Can my caregiver accompany me?
  4. How long will my appointment last?
  5. How do I make appointments?
  6. Can I make drop-in visits?
  7. What if I have an emergency?

Krall Centre Waiting Area Photo

 

 

 

 

Krall Centre, CP6, VGH
Patient Waiting Area

 

1. What can I expect?

You will check-in at the Leukemia/BMT Daycare Front Desk with the Unit Clerk. If it is your first visit, you will be given a tour of the unit so you know where to find snacks, warm blankets, ice water, etc. You will be informed of your treatment room locations. There will be an area for clipboards where you can locate a clipboard with your name on it. You will then be directed to your treatment room and your nurse will see you there.

Your nurse will start your treatments, and advise you about what you can expect for your visit. You will have your temperature, pulse and blood pressure checked. You will also be weighed. One of the physicians on the unit will be in to assess you and review your current medications. Most patients will have blood work drawn, and the treatments will be decided based upon the results.

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2. What do I need to bring?

  • Medications. On every visit, please bring all your medications and your medication calendar if you have one.
  • Lunch & Snacks. If you anticipate a long appointment, bring a lunch, snacks and beverages.
  • Comfort Items. Bring along anything that may add to your comfort such as books and slippers.

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3. Can my caregiver accompany me?

Caregivers/family members or support people are welcome to accompany you. They can wait in the lounge or, space permitting, stay with you in the treatment room to assist you or keep you company.

4. How long will my appointment last?

On your first visit, you can expect to stay 2 to 6 hours if it is treatment related. The length of follow-up visits is determined based on individual needs. Appointments could be up to several hours long.

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5. How do I make appointments?

You will be advised on when to book future follow-up appointments.

It is your responsibility to make these appointments. Leukemia/BMT Daycare does not automatically make them for you. Make all your follow-up appointments with the Unit Clerk at the Front Desk in BMT Daycare. 

Although many patients request morning appointments so that they can get on with their day, please remember that we need to schedule appointments on an equal basis throughout the day to ensure all patients get the care and attention they require.

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6. Can I make drop-in visits?

Unscheduled treatments cause back-ups for all patients and longer waits. Please call ahead, even on very short notice, if you need to change or make an appointment.

7. What if I have an emergency?

The Leukemia/BMT Daycare will see patients who need care for unexpected problems during their treatment.

If you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pain, etc., you should contact the Daycare to determine if you need to be seen urgently. The staff will be better able to assist you if they are advised of unscheduled visits.

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