Medical Day Unit, Sutton

The Medical Day Unit (MDU) at Sutton delivers day care, chemotherapy and other supportive treatments. The staff on the unit specialise in all aspects of chemotherapy management.

There are 29 chairs on the unit, in four separate treatment areas.

MDU staff are passionate about caring for patients receiving chemotherapy, and have adopted the following as their core values: Caring, Compassion, Commitment, Courage, Competence and Candour.

Location, directions and parking

MDU is located on the ground floor of the hospital in the West Wing. It is signposted from the main corridor of the hospital.

Opening times and visitors

MDU is open 8.30am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.

Because of the space on the unit, we ask that you attend for your appointment at the appointment time as due to the limited space we do not have a waiting area, we also ask patients to restrict themselves to only one visitor at a time. We also ask that babies and children under 12 years old do not attend. If you have any concerns with this please discuss them with the nurse looking after you, the sister or the matron.

Food and drink

We provide morning tea and biscuits at 10.15am, lunch from 12pm to 1pm and afternoon tea and biscuits at 2.30pm.

A light sandwich lunch is served rather than hot food because the smells of hot prepared meals can make some patients feel nauseous.

Facilities in the MDU

Some of the treatment chairs have their own overhead entertainment system with television and radio access, and there is free WiFi throughout the hospital. Please feel free to bring your own computer, MP3 player or DVD players for entertainment but please also bring headphones to avoid disturbing other patients.

Please bring any medication with you that you may need to take whilst in the hospital for your appointments.

We hold a monthly meeting for Look Good... Feel Better, which is run by volunteers.

Patient Forum

We hold a New Patient Forum twice a month for patients to attend before you start your first cycle of treatment, where you will be given general information about chemotherapy, hints on how to keep yourself well whilst receiving your treatment and you will be given a virtual tour of the unit and a chance to ask any questions. A flyer about these sessions will be posted to you with your appointment card.

Day care and receiving chemotherapy

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MDU staff

The MDU is led by a sister and staffed by a team of nurses who have expertise in performing venepuncture, cannulation and administering chemotherapy.

There are also support staff including administrative assistants, ward clerks and healthcare assistants, all of whom are dedicated to supporting all our patients and their families while they receive chemotherapy. Volunteers from the Friends of The Royal Marsden, Sutton also assist the team in some of the daily administrative tasks.

Other staff who support our patients include a doctor, clinical nurse specialists, pharmacists, dietitian, psychological support team and therapists.

The daily routine starts at 8.30am when the nurses have a detailed discussion on the activity for the day. This lasts roughly 30 minutes. The doctor on the unit starts at 9am and finishes at 5pm. The nurses work different shifts, with some finishing at 5pm, some at 6.30pm and others at 8pm.

The matron is Lorraine Hyde and the sister is Diana Schofield.

Contact details

Tel: 020 8661 3174 or 020 8661 3084

Intravenous Therapy Team

The Intravenous (IV) Therapy Team is part of Day Care Services at Sutton and is renowned for its cannulation and venepuncture skills. We are a team of registered nurses who are responsible for placing intravenous devices into peripheral veins, for example peripheral cannulas and winged infusion devices. We provide a service predominantly for outpatients, administering their intravenous chemotherapy. The team works closely with pharmacy, the cytotoxic unit and other members of the multidisciplinary team to provide an effective service.

Our experience in IV therapy is used as an educational resource, and we offer advice to colleagues within the hospital as well as networking with colleagues throughout the country. We also provide training courses in cannulation and venepuncture.

Our enthusiastic nurse consultant is actively involved in the department and shares her knowledge in teaching sessions, study days and road shows.

Nursing with the Intravenous Therapy Team

We are a very busy but happy unit. If you would like to be part of our team you need to be motivated, enthusiastic and have a good knowledge of oncology. Venepuncture and cannulation training is provided for those who do not possess these skills.

To find out more about nursing with the Intravenous Therapy Team, please contact Lorraine Hyde, Senior Sister, on lorraine.hyde@rmh.nhs.uk.

The Royal Marsden, Downs Road, Sutton Surrey SM2 5PT

020 8661 3174 or 020 8661 3084