The Haematology Department provides diagnostic (often on a one-stop basis) and treatment facilities for a wide range of benign and malignant conditions including acute and chronic leukaemias, myeloma, lymphomas, anaemias, bleeding and clotting disorders.
The County Hospital holds twice weekly anticoagulant clinics including detailed instruction for all new patients and computerised dosing. There is a nurse led weekly transfusion clinic.
The department is 100 per cent compliant with two week waiting times for patients with suspected and proven cancer.
Outline of the department
The department consists of three Consultant Haematologists, Dr Lisa Robinson, Dr Sara Willoughby, Dr Christopher Brammer one Haematology/Oncology Nurse specialist, one Haematology/Anticoagulation Nurse Specialist and three Medical Secretaries.
The County Hospital runs daily clinics covering all aspects of Haematology. Daycase chemotherapy is provided on the Macmillan Renton Unit.
Links with other departments
The department works closely with the oncology department at Cheltenham General Hospital where in-patient facilities are housed and where patients may be referred for in-patient chemotherapy or stem cell transplantation. Radiotherapy can now usually be given on site at Hereford County Hospital following an initial assessment and planning in Cheltenham. Close links have also been developed with the tertiary referral unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where patients may be referred for allogeneic bone marrow transplant or second opinion. A joint multidisciplinary team meeting is held weekly with specialists from Gloucestershire to discuss all new malignant diagnoses.
Further information on haematological malignancies can be found at:
Day case chemotherapy services are provided by the excellent and friendly staff of the Macmillan Renton Unit. There is a 24 hour helpline number provided for all patients receiving chemotherapy. All such patients are issued with a “hand-held record” detailing their treatment, contact numbers and what to do in event of a problem. Patients with acute problems relating to treatment are offered immediate review Mon-Fri.
The County Hospital also has close links with Macmillan Cancer Support, details of which are available on: http://www.macmillan.org.uk
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Telephone: 01432 364435
Fax: 01432 351396