Denis Burkitt Ward

Patients undergoing bone marrow/stem cell transplants are admitted to Denis Burkitt Ward (DBW) for treatment and transplant. Denis Burkitt Ward provides 21 individual, en-suite rooms.

We work to provide holistic, thoughtful, sensitive, empathic and respectful care. Our priority is to ensure patient comfort and privacy and to respect all patients’ social and spiritual needs, regardless of race or creed. We also recognise that each individual has rights and wishes regarding their treatment and management.

Quality of life is paramount to us. We strive to promote dignity and autonomy where possible. It is our aim to enter into a partnership with our patients, their families and friends to help recovery or, where this is not possible, to allow a peaceful and dignified death.

Everyone on the unit, whether patients or staff, may express their beliefs without fear of judgement. We acknowledge that staff members are human, with their own problems and limitations, and that, in order to deliver good patient care, we have to care for and support each other.

We will promote positive and productive relationships, grounded in an atmosphere of open communication, where no one person shall be regarded as more important than the other. We recognise that we operate in a large multidisciplinary setting within which we wish to be recognised and respected as leaders and innovators of care to patients with cancer. In doing so, we will continue to base our practices in evidence and to promote research, education and the ideology of preceptorship for new staff.


DBW is under the management of the HOPe (Haematology, Oncology and Palliative Care) Directorate Management Team. It has a designated nursing team, which, led by the clinical nurse manager, works extensively with the wider multidisciplinary team to deliver integrated patient-centred care.

  • Clinical leadership is provided by the Haematology Lead Consultant.
  • Nursing leadership is provided by the Clinical Nurse Manager.
  • The ward team consists of nurse managers, staff nurses, health care attendants, a ward secretary and clinical nurse specialists.
  • Administrative leadership is provided by the Deputy Business Manager.
  • Pharmacy leadership is provided by the Chief Oncology Pharmacist.
  • Support staff, including porters, cleaning staff and catering staff, are under the management of General Support Services.

Outpatient - Evening and Weekend

DBW provides a telephone contact service for haematology patients experiencing difficulties after day services have closed (i.e. after 4pm, at weekends and on public holidays). The nurse will ensure that all issues are dealt with in an appropriate and timely way. This may include giving advice, referring to other members of the multidisciplinary team or arranging for the patient to come to St. James’s Hospital for assessment.



Tel: 01 4162271

Clinical Nurse Manager

Tel: 01 4162271


Support services are provided by the following Multi-Disciplinary Teams:

  • Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy:  Assesses functional capacity and physical issues relating to diagnosis and treatment. 
  • Medical Social Worker: Provides advice and support on entitlements, practical issues and emotional matters.
  • Psycho-Oncology: Provides psychological support to patients experiencing persistent distress.
  • Clinical Nutrition: Provides nutritional assessment and advice at any stage of treatment. 
  • Palliative Care: Provides specialist input regarding symptom management.