The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Sickle Cell, Thalassaemia and Red Cell Disorder Service

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Welcome to the Sickle Cell, Thalassaemia and Red Cell Disorder Service

We are a specialist centre for the diagnosis and management of adults with sickle cell disease, thalassaemia and red cell disorders.

What we do

All adult haematology services are located in Bexley Wing, St James's University Hospital. Most inpatient care is provided on Wards J88, J89. Patients may also be seen on ward J96 and the young adult unit (ward J94) on level 5. Outpatient care is provided on level 3 (ward J87). The outpatient area also contains our apheresis service (for exchange blood transfusions), phlebotomy services and a supportive day care unit for routine blood transfusion.

In the red cell clinic we see patients with different types of sickle cell disease, including HbSS, HbSC and HbS thalassaemia. We also see patients with thalassaemia and with other types of red cell blood problems such as hereditary spherocytosis and G6PD deficiency. We do not usually see patients with sickle cell or thalassaemia traits, but such individuals can obtain counselling and support from the community sickle cell and thalassaemia team.

The red cell clinic runs weekly and provides specialist annual review for patients within the region. Other services provided include out of hours blood transfusion and a monthly joint obstetric-haemoglobinopathy clinic.

How to find us

The sickle cell, thalassaemia and red cell disorder service for adults is based in the Bexley Wing at St James's University Hospital

For the main haematology outpatients, come up in the "blue" lift to level 3, turn left and then right. Within this area, there is also a phlebotomy service, the supportive care unit and the therapeutic apheresis service. To find the main wards (J88/J89) walk down the long corridor from outpatients or come up to level 3 in the "green" lift. Wards J95, J96 and the teenage and young adult unit (J94) are located on level 5.


Red cell clinic:

Haematology outpatients. level 3, Bexley Wing, St James's Hospital, Wednesday afternoon 2.00pm to 5.00pm, Dr Q Hill.

Obstetric-haemoglobinopathy clinic:

Antenatal outpatients, A floor, Clarendon wing, Leeds General Infirmary, Dr Q Hill & Dr E Ciantar