19 June 2019
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Jim Oommen had a cord blood transplant for leukaemia eight years ago at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and just recently he became the 1000th patient reviewed by the Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplant long term follow up clinic.

The fortnightly clinic plays an important part in the ongoing screening, management, support & education of patients following their Allogeneic BMT.

Nurse practitioner and clinical lead, Yvonne Panek- Hudson says patients love coming into the clinic.

“Patients see it as an anniversary date, it’s something to celebrate – it validates the hard work they’ve put in to their survival,” Yvonne said.

“They also recognise the importance of appropriate screening for late effects of cancer & treatment as well as the opportunity to contribute to data collection and patient reported outcomes.”

The clinic incorporates world class, evidence-based long term follow up practices and is dedicated to ethically approved data collection and analysis.

Head of the Allogeneic Transplant Service, Professor David Ritchie said a lot of the success of the clinic has to do with Yvonne’s determination and leadership.

“This clinic is a shining example of what can be achieved through having passion to deliver best practice coupled with a steadfast determination to collect data, report on outcomes and commit to continuous quality improvement,” Prof Ritchie said.

“Yvonne has been as the epicentre of that along with the administrative support of Louise Chard and her admin team. We are all very proud of what we have built through Yvonne’s leadership.”

The clinic is also offered via telehealth and by outreach clinics in Tasmania, to give access to the almost 40% of patients living outside of metropolitan Melbourne. Recently the team have integrated GP shared long term follow up care for eligible patients.

This allows patients to get the same experience without spending hours traveling to the hospital for their long term follow up review

“The clinic has an innovative nurse-led multi disciplinary model of care, with plans to incorporate point of care dietitian, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychology reviews.

“Patients will have access to a range of different specialities all in the one appointment – it might take half a day but they won’t need to keep coming back for other appointments,” Yvonne continued.

While the clinic provides a broad range of care for patients it doesn’t replace specialist haematology, GP or other specialist reviews; this is a clinic to consolidate evidence based long term follow up that people require, while supporting them to achieve their personal goals and support self-management for the long term after Allogeneic BMT.

For further information or to refer a patient please email longtermclinic@mh.org.au

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