Haematology

Haematology is the field of medicine dealing with blood disorders such as anaemia, bleeding disorders and malignant conditions related to blood cells such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
 
Our service provides investigation, treatment and advice to patients on the management of blood conditions as well as supervising the haematology laboratory and blood bank services. The haematology department treats all varieties of haematological disorders including high intensity chemotherapy and care of bone marrow transplant patients. An active patient forum meets regularly to exchange information and feedback to us to help us improve services.
 
Services include:
  • nine outpatient clinics per week for ongoing care
  • thrombophilia clinic each week (for patients with increased tendency to develop thrombosis)
  • haemophilia clinic every three months (a group of inherited blood disorders in which there is a life-long defect in the clotting mechanism of the blood)
  • joint paediatric-haematology clinic every eight weeks (for patients 0-16 years)
  • diagnosis of bleeding and coagulation disorders
  • diagnosis of sickle cell disease
The patients seen in these clinics may have both haematological malignancies (types of cancer that can affect the blood, bone marrow, and lymph nodes) and benign haematological disorders. A nurse-led clinic is held by our clinical nurse specialist twice a week to provide follow up care for our bone marrow transplant patients. We work closely with King’s College Hospital to monitor these patients following their transplants.