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Clinical Haematology

Clinical Haematology treats people for diseases such as leukaemia and lymphoma. Haematology is a term used to cover 'liquid' or blood diseases.

Haematologists are experts in diseases of the blood. Clinical haematologists look after patients on the wards and treat them. The commonest groups of disease that they treat are the leukaemias (cancer of the white blood cells), and lymphomas (cancer of the lymphatic system). They also manage some forms of anaemia, such as sickle cell anaemia and thalassaemia and deal with disorders of blood clotting.

 

Services Provided

The Clinical Haematology department caters for patients with diseases of the blood, both malignant and non-malignant, and provides comprehensive diagnostic services and continuing management to these patients.  For some malignant conditions, this may include the patient having an autologous stem cell transplant.

The Gloucestershire Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Service which is part of the Department of Clinical Haematology at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has received internationally recognised accreditation for its adult autologous stem cell transplant programme by JACIE (Joint Accreditation Committee for the International Society for Cellular Therapy and the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation). 

JACIE inspectors conducted an on-site evaluation of the ward and outpatient facility at Cheltenham General Hospital as well as the outpatient facility at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.  Accreditation is attained through evaluation of submitted documentation as well as the on-site inspections to determine if an organisation is in compliance with current JACIE standards.  JACIE standards are defined by leading experts based on the latest knowledge of the field of cellular therapy. It has been shown that outcomes for patients are better in organisations with accredited services than those without.

Clinical Haematology works very much as a team. The team regularly talk through every aspect of a patient’s care. Treatment plans for patients are also discussed with all the haematology experts.

We aim to provide high quality care with consideration given to individual patient needs. Specialist diagnostic services and therapy are available within the department.

Outpatient Services

The Department provides the following Outpatient Services: -

  • Clinical Assessment Service
  • General Haematology Service
  • Suspected Cancer Service

 

Inpatient and Day Case Services

Inpatient and Day Case Services are based at

  • Cheltenham General Hospital - Lilleybrook & Rendcomb Wards
  • Gloucestershire Royal Hospital – Edward Jenner Unit