£100k funding boost breathes new life to Phlebotomy unit

20 August 2021

£100k funding boost breathes new life to Phlebotomy unit
An Imperial Health Charity grant of £100,000 has helped to fund an expansion of the outdated Phlebotomy Unit at Hammersmith Hospital into a fresh and open space for patients receiving treatment for blood disorders.

The previous unit was based in an adapted office area which struggled to meet the growing needs of patients and NHS staff.

But thanks to the new design and layout, more haematology and oncology patients can receive care in a private area. With five new treatment spaces, each area with its own computer and label printer, patients are benefiting and relaxing space.

“It has had such a positive impact on patients and staff love the new space."

Karen Bradley, Lead Nurse for Clinical Haematology

Karen Bradley, Lead Nurse for Clinical Haematology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said. “The state-of-the-art phlebotomy unit is a great reflection of what we can achieve to enhance clinical facilities.”

This enlarged space has also meant, during the Covid-19 pandemic, staff and patients have been able to social distance with ease.

The new unit has been received well by patients and staff alike.

“It has had such a positive impact on patient experience and staff love the new space. We have comments from other phlebotomy staff across the Trust who say they enjoyed working in the new area,” said Karen.

The total cost of the project was £121,000, with £12,000 funded by the Trust.

Charity funding was made possible thanks to Special Purpose Funds set up to support haematology services at the Trust. You can find out more about our grants programme here.

To further support the wellbeing of patients and staff, we’ve worked with printing company Art4Site to reproduce and display a few messages of support Trust staff have received over the past year.

These uplifting and supportive messages have a permanent home in the Phlebotomy Unit and help to relax patients and staff in the unit.

Find out more about how we support our hospitals through our arts programme here.​​​​​IMG_1374.JPG