Port-a-Cath Service
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Port-a-Cath Service

A Port-a -Cath is inserted in patients who require long term treatment for health conditions that involve oncology and haematology .

Many patients who have a port-a-cath can keep it for several years, well beyond the treatment period

The service is provided from Birkirkara Health Centre, Cospicua Health Centre, Rabat Health Centre and Kirkop Health Centre​

Nursing staff have been trained and certified in providing this service, that involves maintenance of the ports by flushing with Taurolidine to keep the port-a-cath patent. Those patients who come for the Taurolidine flush must have the line patent with good back flow, or else patients are to be referred back to SAMOC for further management

Patients are referred to one of the aforementioned Health Centres by the SAMOC Practice Nurses after chemotherapy treatment is discontinued.

Each patient is given an information booklet from SAMOC and the patient will bring the information booklet with them for every Port-a-Cath flushing appointment, for documentation purposes.