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Hello I am in the west of Scotland and due in the very near further to go to Basingstoke for Cytoreduction surgery and Hipec. I have Peritenium Mesothelioma which has spread to the bowel and liver. I haven’t been allocated a nurse as yet to ask my questions. Due to the extent and nature of the surgery what method of transport are they likely to use to get me back home?
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Cytoreduction surgery and HIPEC treatment is an extensive surgery, and usually requires a stay of about two weeks in hospital. After that time, you should be able to walk about for short periods, but I would not expect you to sit in a car for any length of time, and you would need to be able to use the seatbelt on the journey to Scotland. Your team will assess your wellbeing regularly and will assess your fitness to travel. I would expect them to provide a ambulance or patient transport service for you to take you home. The hospital does have a duty of care to make sure that you are save and any medical support you might still need is supported during the transport. Basingstoke is part of the Hampshire NHS trust, and has produced an information leaflet about your treatment. You can find it here if you would like to find out more. If you wanted to find out who your named nurse is and speak to her before you travel down, you could contact your consultant secretary and ask for the details.
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