Routine air quality monitoring has identified a higher particle count than is desirable in the Bone Marrow Transplant unit.
As a precautionary measure, while we explore remedial measures, we have decided to return this service to the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital together with the intensively treated acute leukaemia patients.
18 patients are being transferred back to the Beatson temporarily, and we have already been in direct contact with the patients affected and their families to explain the situation and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
This is temporary measure to enable us to identify and implement what may be necessary to ensure air quality purification levels are optimal for this group of patients.
Dr Anne Parker, Lead Consultant for Haemato-Oncology, said: “In consultation with colleagues from various disciplines, it has been agreed that 18 patients will move to the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre for an interim period. This will enable remedial work to take place without disrupting patient care. This is purely a precautionary step and we have no evidence that any patient has been adversely affected as a result of the environment issues. We are fortunate that the Beatson is available to us and we are working with our critical care colleagues in the new High Acuity Unit which has been established there.”
The return to the new hospital will take place as soon as possible.
This issue relates only to the adult hospital. Bone Marrow Transplant services at the Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow are separate and unaffected.
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