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Type E – Dr Nadia Beringer – Bone Marrow Transplant Observership

A travel grant was awarded to Dr Nadia Beringer from Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital to attend a full-time observership and training on bone marrow transplants at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London from 28th August to 8th September 2017.

The major areas of study and how the visit have contributed to the understanding and/or management of cancer

I have recently completed a two-week observership in the Bone Marrow Transplant unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for Children in London. I have learnt a great deal from this amazing experience. Before attending, I had a very superficial understanding (book knowledge) of what a bone marrow transplant entailed. A Great Ormond Street Hospital I was able to experience transplants first hand, with a world-renowned transplant team. I was taught how to provide continuing patient care; how to deal with the various complications of bone marrow transplant patients as they arrive; and how to optimize these patients.

It was great to experience patient care in an upper income country. I was astounded at the number of staff in their unit (staff per patient ratio); the time spent on each individual consult (patient/family contact); as well as the various medications available for use.

GOSH is a world leader in immunotherapy as a means to cure relapsed or residual malignant disease. I was able to learn more about this very promising treatment prospect. I have gained invaluable knowledge with regards to bone marrow transplants. I plan to educate my colleagues at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. This will hopefully stand us all in good stead as the stem cell transplant unit opens at Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in the near future.

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