Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children has become the first in Scotland to have a dedicated paediatric stem-cell transplant clinical psychologist.
This ground-breaking appointment will deliver huge benefits to young patients by better supporting their mental health as well as their physical health.
Dr Helen Broome says she’s ‘excited’ to be part of the Stem Cell Transplant team at the RHC saying: “I hope to support and improve the quality of life for young people and their families who are going through a stem cell transplant and to develop research ideas which will help shape the service and improve the patients’ experience.”
Children and young people, and their families, may experience a number of psychological challenges when trying to adjust and cope throughout their transplant journey.
The post is funded by the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan and is one of three in the UK – the other two being at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and Southampton General Hospital.
What is a stem cell transplant?
If a patient has a condition that affects their bone marrow or blood, then a stem cell transplant may be their best chance of survival. Doctors will give new, healthy stem cells to the patient via their bloodstream, where they begin to grow and create healthy red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.