Haematology

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The Haematology service is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team providing diagnostic services and treatment to patient with haematological and other disorders.

Medical advice is provided by a team of Consultant Haematologists shared with the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital who have a member of the team at North Devon District Hospital Monday to Friday.  In addition the NDDH has its own Staff Grade and F2 Haematology doctors. Members of the team also attend a monthly outpatient clinic at Stratton Community Hospital.

The Haematology Laboratory based at the NDDH provides a 24 hour, 7 day a week service to the NDDH and North Devon GP surgeries. As well as assisting the clinical team with diagnosis of haematological disorders it carries out testing for all sorts of reasons e.g. chronic disease monitoring, drug monitoring and diagnosis and prognosis of a multitude of disorders. The laboratory is staffed by registered Biomedical Scientists and laboratory assistants and provides a full blood transfusion service as well. About 60% of the lab’s workload comes from GPs, the rest from hospital in- and out- patients.

When would I be referred to Haematology?

If a blood test carried out by your GP or whilst you are in hospital shows that you could have a haematological illness, you will be referred to a Consultant Haematologist for advice and treatment. Such disorders can be caused by problems with your bone marrow, and include different types of anaemia and leukaemia, or disorders of the blood’s clotting mechanisms for example haemophilia or thrombophilia.

Anaemia

This is a lack of capability to carry oxygen around the body which can be caused by nutritional deficiencies for instance iron deficiency or a problem with the bone marrow itself.

Leukaemia

This is an abnormal production of white blood cells which can damage the bone marrow.

Haemophilia

This is a deficiency of a clotting factor (factor 8) which causes abnormal bleeding/bruising

Where can I get more information?

You can get more information on haematological disorders from the information prescription service

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Information of the role of biomedical scientists in the diagnosis of haematological disorders can be found on the Institute of Biomedical Science website .

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Last updated: January 30, 2018