The Department of Haematology and Transfusion Medicine provides a comprehensive clinical and diagnostic haematology service based at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH). Our clinicians treat patients with a range of malignant blood disorders including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, providing outpatient care through the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre (NSCC) Day Unit and inpatient therapy on Ward 8E of RNSH. Bone marrow and stem cell transplantation (allogeneic and autologous) are provided by our transplant clinicians and a multidisciplinary team of specialist staff. Stem cell collection, plasma exchange and venesection procedures are performed in a dedicated Apheresis Unit of the NSCC.
Our haematologists also treat a wide range of non-malignant disorders, including clotting and bleeding problems, low blood counts and impaired immunity. Public outpatient clinics are held daily in NSCC, with consultants also seeing some patients in private rooms in the adjacent Northern Specialist Centre (North Shore Private Hospital).
A current referral from a health professional is required before patients can be seen by our team and should be faxed to 9926 4070 or emailed to [email protected]. All referrals will be promptly reviewed by the on-call staff specialist and patients will be contacted within a week with an appointment date. Referred patients will largely be seen by the on-call specialist for that week, but we may allocate patients to other doctors with special expertise in their condition. Urgent haematology cases are seen in NSCC by the Haematology Registrar, and our medical team can be contacted after hours via the hospital switchboard (02 9926 7111) for emergencies.
The Haematology team provides a busy consultative service for RNSH and other hospitals within the Northern Sydney Local Health District. Patients from regional centres requiring transplant or high-level care are also regularly treated by our team.