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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 department runs anticoagulation clinics across the county in Ross on Wye, Ledbury, Leominster, Kingsland and Hereford using near patient testing and computerised decision support software (DAWN system). Clinics are staffed by nurses or Biomedical scientists with a specialist qualification in anticoagulant care.
The department is 100 per cent compliant with two week waiting times for patients with suspected and proven cancer.
Outline of the department
Hereford 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. Other support therapies and interventions are provided on the Fred Bulmer Medical Day case 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.
Hereford County Hospital also has close links with Macmillan Cancer Support, details of which are available on: http://www.macmillan.org.uk
Advice and Guidance on haematological matters should be sent through the NHS Advice and Guidance weblink (for professional use). These will be answered within a 48 hour period.
For more urgent advice, please contact the department on the numbers above.
Telephone: 01432 364435
Fax: 01432 364196