MacDermott Oncology Haematology Day Unit

"Our aim is that the MacDermott Unit will be a clean and safe environment where a friendly, professional and dedicated team provide individualised care in a therapeutic environment where everyone is valued"

The MacDermott Unit within the Ulster Hospital is one of the cancer treatment units in Northern Ireland.

The unit is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am – 5.00pm, closing weekends and bank holidays.
The MacDermott unit provides a chemotherapy service to patients. We also we provide supportive therapies and symptom control to patients with cancer and non-malignant haematological conditions such as:

  • Blood Product Transfusion
  • Intravenous Bisphosphonate Infusion
  • Monoclonal Antibody Therapy
  • Hormonal Therapy
  • Injections
  • Iron Infusion
  • Central Venous Catheter Maintenance

Other procedures frequently performed in the unit are:

  • PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) insertion and exchange. Carried out by nurses trained in PICC insertion for patients attending the unit only
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Venesection
  • Pleural/Abdominal Paracentesis

The Team

Delivery of patient care is provided by a multiprofessional team of medical, nursing and allied health staff.

The Nursing Team comprises:

  • 16 chemotherapy trained nurses
  • 1 nursing auxiliary

The Medical Team comprises:

  • 6 “visiting” Consultant Oncologists
  • 4 Consultant Haematologists 
  • An Associate Specialist providing clinics within the unit

The Allied Health Professional Team comprises:

  • Lead Pharmacist
  • Haematology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Physiotherapists
  • Dieticians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Social workers
  • Counsellors
  • Psychologist
  • The Palliative Care Team

Other services provided include:


Our 24 hour helpline telephone number for patients who seek advice is 07713 082 649


Macmillan information and support. Breast and Endocrine Centre, Ulster Hospital
Chemotherapy at the MacDermott booklet 
Alert Card

Patient Comments

“A very friendly atmosphere.”

“Added together it all puts the patients at ease and I don't know where I would have to go to receive better care than I am getting here.”

“I think everyone in the clinic does a really good job.”

“I think the staff and nursing staff are very good and help me no matter what I want to know about.”

“The unit do an excellent job both doctors and nursing staff are excellent couldn't get better at any other hospital.”