Diagnosing and treating cancerous and non-cancerous haematological disorders requires a specialist team of experts.
The team includes professionals who are specialists in different aspects of haematology care, including diagnosis, treatment and supporting patients to cope with the effects of their illness.
The haematology specialist team consists of:
These are doctors who are experts in haematological conditions, both cancerous and non-cancerous. They will be involved in the management and treatment of a patient’s condition from diagnosis onwards. Patients will meet their consultant haematologist in at an outpatient clinic appointment or if they are an inpatient under the care of haematology.
These are doctors who are experts in carrying out and interpreting x-rays and scans such as Computerised Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans. Radiologists can advise the team about the scans patients should have and review the results of scans.
Haematology clinical nurse specialists
There are two clinical nurse specialists working within the Trust and their roles include education, support and ongoing assessment of patients. They also provide nurse-led services. They can be contacted via the telephone on 028 9442 4864.
These are doctors who are experts at looking at tissue samples taken from patients during procedures such as lymph node biopsies or bone marrow biopsies. The tissue is examined under a microscope to see if abnormal cells are present. This is important in the diagnosis and ongoing monitoring of a patient’s disease.
Biomedical scientists work in the laboratory and test blood samples, carry out diagnostic investigations and prepare blood for transfusion.
Pharmacists use their clinical expertise together with their practical knowledge to ensure the safe supply and use of medicines by patients.
The role of the transplant co-ordinator is to provide support and resource for staff, patients and their relatives regarding bone marrow transplants.
Allied health professionals
This includes social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dietitians, speech and language therapists who are available to support patients before, during and after their treatment.
There is an administration team who ensure that patients have been given appointments at appropriate times, referrals have been sent to other departments and that patient notes are kept up to date.
Dr McCloskey – secretary is Sandra on 028 9442 4144
Dr Windrum – secretary is Gemma on 028 9442 4795
Dr Murdock – secretaries are Sharon and Catriona on 028 9442 4115