Haematology is the study of the blood and bone marrow which is the blood forming tissue. Haematologists see patients either in the outpatient clinic or in the ward and will look down a microscope to study the blood and bone marrow to find out what is wrong. The haematologist will also diagnose and treat a wide range of blood disorders such as anaemia, leukaemia, lymphoma, haemophilia and thalassaemia.

Another part of haematology is blood transfusion. Blood is collected and tested by the National Blood Service. The haematologist will ensure that the right tests such as tests for HIV, Hepatitis B and C are carried out on the blood before it is sent to hospitals. In the hospital the haematologist will ensure that the patient receives the correct treatment which may include a transfusion with red blood cells, plasma or platelets.

Haematologists also liaise with doctors such as general practitioners and other consultants to provide advice on which tests to use and how to interpret the results of the tests when investigating patients for conditions such as anaemia.

Haematology Committee

Dr E Watts (Chair) (Manpower Advisory Sub-Panel in Haematology, Inter-Collegiate Committee in Haematology)

Elected members

Dr R Webster (BSI representative)
Dr Y Sorour (NQAAP)
Dr T Butler
Dr S Nagumanty

Trainee members’ representative

Dr A Langridge

Council members

Dr J Burton
Prof. T Reynolds
Prof. P Twomey
Dr B Wilkins 

Useful Links

Other useful links

BCSH guidelines

Transfusion guidelines
NICE guidelines