Haematology

The Haematology team at Croydon University Hospital provides hospital and community services from a number of community and specialist clinics throughout Croydon.

Find out more about the service including how to refer

 

Service overview

The Haematology Department provides comprehensive clinical and laboratory services based at Croydon University Hospital.  Treatment is also offered at Purley War Memorial Hospital and the Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre.

The team aims to provide a high quality clinical service for patients with haematological disorders, tailored to individual needs and delivered with courtesy and kindness. There is a strong emphasis on haematological malignancies (encompassing acute and chronic leukaemia’s, lymph proliferative conditions, myeloproliferative conditions, plasma-cell dyscrasias-including multiple myeloma, plasmacytoma, amyloidosis and MGUS) and Haemoglobinopathies, in addition to Haemostasis and Thrombosis and general haematology.

 

We treat

The clinical service is an in-patient, out-patient and day-care service:

Haematology inpatients are managed in 10 inpatient beds (including four side rooms) on Duppas 1 and 2 wards.

Outpatient sessions are undertaken in the main out patients department. Haematology outpatient clinics are General Haematology clinics, offering diagnosis, treatment and monitoring to patients diagnosed with malignant and benign haematology conditions. There are:

Eight consultant-led clinics, two Nurse Consultant-led clinics and three Senior Haematology Registrar/Haematology Specialty Doctor clinics per week. Bone marrow clinics are provided weekly by the nurse consultant and the Senior Haematology Registrar or Haematology Specialty Doctor every fortnight. Referrals are accepted on paper form via fax/mail.

Day Care Service is undertaken in the Lifeblood Suite, a dedicated Haematology Unit for administration of chemotherapy, transfusions, venesections and intravenous iron infusions.  It is run by one Haematology Clinical Nurse Specialist and two Band 6 haemato-oncology nurse specialists.  The service has a new, purpose-built space in Croydon University Hospital and it accommodates direct GP referrals for iv iron therapy more easily.

 

Haemato-Oncology service

The Haemato-Oncology Service is closely linked to the Royal Marsden Hospital, through a weekly Multidisciplinary Team Meeting, where diagnosis and treatment of Haematological Malignancies is discussed and established. The Royal Marsden Hospital is also the Tertiary Referral Centre for Salvage chemotherapy and Autologous and Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation and is the Designated Diagnostic Centre for Hematologic Malignancies. The weekly MDT meeting includes specialist input from the Royal Marsden, Croydon University Hospital as well as Epsom and St. Helier’s hospitals ensuring every patient with a malignant diagnosis is afforded robust diagnostic and management discussion. 

Haemoglobinopathy Service

The Haemoglobinopathy Service is supported by the haemoglobinopathy nurse practitioners and the offsite Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Centre.  The Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Centre also provides counselling, education and hospital community liaison. The Haemoglobinopathies Service is part of the South Thames Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Network, with close collaboration with King’s College Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital as Tertiary Referral Centres.

Haemostasis and Thrombosis Service

The Haemostasis and Thrombosis Service is provided through out-patient clinics, postal anticoagulation service and domiciliary anticoagulation service. It offers new patient consultations for initiation of anticoagulation (including new generation oral anticoagulants), follow-up and monitoring of patients established on anticoagulation treatment, peri-operative anticoagulation bridging and consultations on cessation of anticoagulation. The service has moved to paperless records, with exclusive use of INR-STAR for management and monitoring of anticoagulation.  Referrals are accepted on paper form via fax/mail. Regarding Haemophilia Care, we offer diagnostic and follow-up care and ad-hoc factor support for mild cases, discussed with the Haemophilia Centre where the patient is registered. Severe, complex or challenging cases are referred to the Haemophilia Comprehensive Care Centres linked to CUH, which are St George’s Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Laboratory Haematology

The Trust is part of a three Trust model of South West London Pathology Network comprising ofCroydon Health Services, St Georges and Kingston Hospital. With effect from 1 April 2014, there has been a gradual reconfiguration of pathology services with St Georges Hospital being the hub andCroydon and Kingston hospitals providing Spoke services within this model. The Haematology and Blood Transfusion Laboratories isCPA accredited and the Blood Transfusion service isMHRA compliant.  The laboratories have recently undergone refurbishment with replacement of nearly all the haematology analysers with automated technology. The haematology laboratory has developed a comprehensive antenatalhaemoglobinopathy screening service.

GP Advice Line

The Haematology department also offers a telephone advisory service that runs daily from 2 to 5 pm, offering support to health care professionals in Croydon Hospital, other Hospitals and the Community on diagnosis and referral pathways.

 

How to refer

 Urgent referrals should be sent via direct fax to 020 8401 3126 or email  ch-tr.specialistmedicine2@nhs.net   

For urgent cancer referrals email - CH-TR.urgentreferraloffice@nhs.net (for all urgent suspected cancer (USC).

 

Contact information for GP's

Hematology services

Croydon University Hospitall 

530 London Road

Croydon

CR7 7YE

Email: ch-tr.specialistmedicine2@nhs.net   

Tel - 020 8401 3977

Tel: Anticoagulation team 0208 401 3669 / 3854

Tel: Lifeblood Suite: 020 8401 3670

 

Haematology wards

Tel: Duppas 1 0208 401 3259

Tel: Duppas 2 0208 401 3262

 

Consultants and specialists

Dr Betty Cheung,  Consultant Haematologist,  Clinical Lead and lead in Transfusion MedicineDr Nnenna Osuji, Consultant Haematologist, leads in Haemato-oncology      

Dr Stella Kotsiopoulou, Consultant Haematologist,  leads in Haemoglobinopathies

Dr Shalini Solanki, Consultant Haematologist, leads in Anticoagulation

Dr Carroll Buttriss, Specialty Doctor in Anticoagulation

Dr Jane Ritchie, Specialty Doctor in Anticoagulation

 

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