What is Hematology?
Hematology is a branch of medicine concerning the study of blood, the blood-forming organs, and blood diseases.
The word (heme) comes from the Greek for blood.
Haematologists investigate, diagnose and treat diseases such as anaemia, leukaemia and lymphoma. They also care for patients with blood-clotting abnormalities and are responsible for ensuring that blood transfusions are safe and available when they are needed.
Haematologists work in laboratories as well as with patients in clinics and on the wards. They can be involved throughout the patient’s journey, from the first hospital visit, through laboratory diagnosis to treatment.
Hundreds of thousands of blood tests are done every day.
Haematologists give advice to other doctors about any abnormalities that show up and may recommend further tests to get to the bottom of the problem.