A bone marrow transplant, as well as making changes to your medical condition can also change your social circumstances and family life. Social Workers are available to support you and your family as you experience changes in family roles, functions and dynamics as a result of the treatment process.

Our specialist Social Workers have experience of supporting people who are going through or have gone through the transplant process. We offer emotional, financial and social support. Examples of some of the things we can help with are:

  • Practical things such as applying for benefits and grants and supporting with housing applications.
  • Carrying out assessments to ensure people have the support they need when being discharged from hospital.
  • Giving advice and helping to arrange practical assistance at home to support with day to day tasks.
  •  Giving information and advice about services available to patients, carers and family members.
  •  Providing emotional support for both patients and family whilst having  treatment in hospital as an inpatient or outpatient. You may be worried about the effects that going through a transplant is having on someone close to you and we provide confidential, impartial support.

We are available to meet with patients and family in the outpatients department (by appointment) or on the ward if you are an inpatient. Please ask the nurse or doctor looking after you to make a referral to us if you think that we could be of assistance. Alternatively you can call 0113 2068485 and refer yourself to our service.

Some useful websites to look at:

Benefits information: Local government website

Continuing Health Care information: http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/2392.aspx?CategoryID=68&SubCategoryID=681

Fast Track

If you have a rapidly deteriorating condition which is entering the terminal phase, the medical team may complete a “Fast Track” document. This is an application to continuing health care for funding. The funding if approved is to pay for support to enable a quick discharge from hospital to your preferred place. This may also be done if you are at home and will enable services to be arranged quickly to support you at home, or help you to move to a nursing home quickly.

This means that the support would be free of charge to you whilst the fast track funding remains in place.

If the person is “fast tracked” in hospital a care planning meeting would normally happen on the ward. This is a meeting whereby the district nurse would meet you and your family and gain information from the ward staff and other professionals prior to discharge. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions about discharge and for a plan to be put in place for the support you will receive when you leave hospital.

The NHS should complete a review of this funding within 3 months of the award. In some cases the NHS may arrange for additional assessment (done through using the Decision Support Tool). This is done to help them decide whether to continue funding the support.

For more information please see the NHS Continuing Health Care web page:

http://www.leeds.nhs.uk/Your-health/Continuing-healthcare.htm

and also look at related documents at the bottom of the page.  We have added one of the leaflets below:

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