Specialised services provide care to patients with a range of rare and complex conditions, often at times when they are in greatest need. They can involve treatments provided to patients with rare cancers, genetic disorders or complex medical or surgical conditions. They deliver cutting-edge care, and are often a catalyst for innovation, supporting pioneering research in the NHS.
These services include a range of treatments, from interventions that most of us have heard of, such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, neonatal critical care and kidney dialysis, through to pioneering procedures that are currently only carried out in small numbers, such as using an artificial cornea to restore vision to blind patients. We also support trials of treatments, such as Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); a drug combination used to prevent HIV.
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