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Haematology Specialist Services

Haematology Specialist Services

Haematology is the speciality involved in the diagnosis and management of patients with blood-related disorders. Haematologists are dual trained in both laboratory and clinical haematology and therefore we have the advantage of being able to see patients as well as review their blood and bone marrow down the microscope. In conjunction with the directorate of Laboratory Medicine we provide a full range of services for the diagnosis and management of patients with all types of blood disorders, including cancers of the blood.

We are the major tertiary referral centre and largest provider of specialist clinical haematology healthcare for patients in the North of England. Our services are based at both the Freeman Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary. Our main in patient base is within the Northern Centre for Cancer Care where we have dedicated haematology wards, clinics and day unit facilities. We also have a dedicated day unit and clinic area at the RVI. Laboratories are located on both sites with the regional haematopathology diagnostic service located at the RVI.

Consultation and treatment is available to anybody who lives in and around the North of England and highly specialist care can also be offered to those with more complex conditions from anywhere in the UK.  We treat approximately 1000 new patients every year and many more patients come to see us regularly for longer term treatments.

Our nationally-recognised diagnostic and research laboratories and our extensive links with the Newcastle University and Northumbria University, including undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes, are vital to providing a first class clinical service.

Comprehensive range of services for blood disorders

Our clinicians are highly experienced in their fields of haematology and are renowned internationally for their clinical expertise and research to help develop new treatment regimes.

Specialist treatments available include red cell exchange, chemotherapy, administration of coagulation factors, bone marrow transplant, chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T cell) therapy and the collection, storage and transplantation of bone marrow and blood stem cells.

Our haematology department is organised into disease-specific teams.

The team at the Royal Victoria Infirmary focuses on the management of general haematological disorders including bleeding and thrombotic disorders, and red cell disorders. It is also involved in the management of paediatric cases. The team reviews frequently patients at the Freeman Hospital where the main in patient haematology ward is (wards 33, 34, 35).

The team at the Northern Centre for cancer care (NCCC), Freeman Hospital, focuses on the management of malignant haematological disorders. In addition to dedicated in patient wards, at the NCCC we perform stem cell collections and perform apheresis, deliver chemotherapy and other supportive infusions and have a day unit to review patients. The department also encompasses the Norther Centre for Bone Marrow Transplant and is a commissioned centre for chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T cell) therapy

We also contribute to the safe running of the haematology and transfusion laboratories on both hospital sites as well as reporting blood films, bone marrow biopsies and providing interpretive comments on a wide range of haematological investigations. 


About blood

Normal blood is made up of a mixture of blood cells and chemicals including proteins and water.  The blood cells are mostly made in the bone marrow and have many different functions.

Red blood cells deliver oxygen around the body.  Low numbers of red blood cells cause anaemia and can make you feel tired and short of breath.  High levels are unusual but can be found in some blood diseases.

White blood cells help to fight off infections.  Low levels of white blood cells can be associated with an increased risk of infection.  High levels are usually caused by the body trying to fight off infections, though sometimes happen for other reasons.

Platelets are tiny cells which help the blood to clot if you are bleeding.  Low numbers might make you more prone to bleeding.

Blood chemicals include blood clotting proteins which work with platelets to help the blood to clot if you are bleeding.  A reduced amount of these chemicals can cause bleeding disorders such as haemophilia.

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