The Haematology Team

Diagnosing and treating cancerous and non cancerous Haematological conditions requires a team of experts with different skills and training. 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 the illness. 

The Haematology Specialist Team in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust consists of: 

  • Consultant Haematologists
    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.

  • Nursing Staff
    Nurses who have specialist skills in the care of Haematological disorders. 
     

  • Consultant Radiologists 
    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.
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  • Haematology Clinical Nurse Specialists
    There are two Clinical Nurse Specialists working in Haematology Services and their roles include education, support and ongoing assessment of patients. They also provide nurse-led services.
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  • Consultant Pathologists 
    Doctors who are experts at looking at tissue samples taken from patients during procdeures 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. 
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  • Biomedical Scientists
    Biomedical scientists work in the laboratory and test blood samples, carry out diagnostic investigations and prepare blood for transfusion. 
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  • Pharmacists
    Pharmacists use their clinical expertise together with their practical knowledge to ensure the safe supply and use of medicines by patients. 
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  • Transplant Coordinator
    The role of the transplant co-ordinator is to provide support and resource for staff, patients and their relatives regarding bone marrow transplants. 
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  • Allied Health Professionals
    This includes Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists who are available to support patients before, during and after their treatment.
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  • Administration Team
    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.

Multi-disciplinary Meetings

There are two weekly clinical meetings within Haematology Services where patients are discussed.  These meetings are attended by a range of specialists who make up a multidiscplinary team. One meeting discusses patients who are diagnosed with a lymphoma or myeloma. The other meeting discusses patients who are diagnosed with leukaemia and other haematological disorders. These meetings are necessary in order to establish accurate diagnoses and develop the best treatment plan for patients.

A record of any discussion is sent to the patient's GP.