The Haematology and Blood Transfusion department provides a comprehensive high quality screening and advisory service to Cheltenham General Hospital, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and to GP surgeries in Gloucestershire and parts of Worcestershire.

It also provides services to specialised regional centres such as the tri-county Oncology centre at CGH and the Women’s Centre at GRH; as well as supporting the county’s two busy Accident and Emergency departments.

The department processes urgent samples twenty-four hours a day, employing an emergency out of hours service which ensures a state registered Biomedical Scientist is available at all times on both sites. The staff of the Haematology department are an integral part of the medical team providing care for the patient. This dedicated team of staff works to high and exacting standards and are committed to providing an excellent, high quality service which is delivered in a timely and appropriate fashion 365 days of the year.

The tests and services provided by the Department of Haematology have a wide range of clinical implications, the most common being:

  • Diagnosis of anaemia and its causes.
  • Screening blood for indications of infection.
  • Diagnosis of blood diseases such as leukaemia and lymphoma.
  • Diagnosis of exotic diseases such as malaria.
  • Screening and diagnosis of Haemoglobin disorders such as thalassaemia and sickle cell anaemia.
  • Monitoring of diseases and their treatments such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Screening and diagnosis of bleeding disorders such as Haemophilia.
  • Monitoring of anticoagulant therapy (Warfarin and Heparin).
  • Compatibility testing and provision of blood components for transfusion.
  • Advice to clinicians and medical staff.
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