- delivering clinical care, often for a life-threatening disease
- formulating chemotherapy protocols and managing their delivery
- managing haematopoietic stem cell transplantation procedures
- providing advice on haematology laboratory results
- sampling bone marrow and interpreting the morphology
- performing diagnostic lumbar punctures and giving intra-thecal chemotherapy
The Haematology Department has an expert team for diagnosis and treatment of blood diseases. Our haematologists evaluate and treat patients with various conditions such as anaemia, increased or reduced white cells, increased or decreased platelets; enlarged lymph nodes or spleen, bleeding and clotting disorders. The department experts also treat blood cancer, including conditions of leukaemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and other disorders.
Haematologists undertake the care of outpatients and inpatients, provide an advisory and consultancy service to all hospital specialists and general practitioners, and manage diagnostic laboratories. They provide clinical interpretation of laboratory data and morphology (form and structure) of blood and bone marrow specimens.
This holistic approach to clinical care is a highlight of the specialty. Clinical haematology is an intensive, exciting, rewarding but demanding specialty that encompasses both clinical and laboratory practice. As a result of this dual role, haematologists take an active part in every stage of patient management, from initial clinic visit, to laboratory assessment/diagnosis and finally to treatment.
Haematologists work with patients of all ages and they manage both benign and malignant conditions.
Specialists undergo training in all aspects of haematology, both clinical and laboratory. As consultants, they are expected to maintain a core competence in both these areas to provide an on-call and emergency service.
Haematologists work closely with biomedical scientists, who generally perform routine laboratory work. They also work closely with a wide range of other specialists in large multidisciplinary teams.