If someone you know is having treatment

Family, friends and partners play an important role in helping people to get through the transplant. Having support from regular visitors can be a big help to people in hospital. They may already feel isolated, especially if they are in a room on their own.

Most hospitals are flexible about visiting, but there may be some restrictions. Talk to the nurse looking after your relative, friend or partner before going into their room. They will explain the precautions you need to take to help protect them from infection. It is important to follow these instructions.

Here are some examples:

  • Do not visit if you have an infection, even if it is a cold or cough.
  • Do not bring children if they are unwell, have been with other children with an infection, or have had recent vaccinations.
  • Wash your hands and put on a plastic apron before entering the room.
  • Do not sit on the bed.
  • Ask the nurse first before you bring in any food or flowers.

You can kiss, hug or hold your friend, relative or partner's hand and give comfort by just sitting with them. There will be times when they won’t feel or look well. Sometimes they may not feel like seeing anyone because they are too tired.

It helps if one person co-ordinates people's visits to spread them out. Having too many visitors or long visits can be difficult to cope with. Don’t take it personally if you are asked to miss a visit. You could phone or send a card, text or email instead.

You can look for ways to bring routines from home into the hospital to keep a sense of normality during such a difficult time.


Back to Stem cell and bone marrow transplants explained

Preparing for treatment

A transplant is physically demanding. Your healthcare team will tell you what to expect and how to prepare for it.

Your feelings

Having a stem cell transplant can be hard to cope with. There are different ways of getting support.