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Picture of three bloodtests in a paper kidney dishClinical haematology is an intensive, exciting and rewarding but demanding specialty that encompasses both clinical and laboratory practice. As a result of this dual role, haematologists take an active part in every stage of patient management from initial clinic visit, to laboratory assessment / diagnosis and finally to treatment.

Clinical care is delivered in both in-patient and out-patient environments and the haematologist frequently contributes to diagnosis and management in other specialties and in the intensive care setting. This holistic approach to clinical care is a highlight of the specialty.

Haematology is developing rapidly with respect to therapeutic advances and lends itself to research. Within haematology there is the opportunity to further develop special interests in a wide variety of clinical and laboratory areas (haemogloginopathies, haemostasis and thrombosis, transfusion medicine, malignant haematology, transplantation). The specialty may suit a wide variety of individuals including those who may wish to combine a clinical and academic career. The haematology consultant workforce is currently expanding.

The Wessex haematology training programme runs a very successful teaching programme. This involves compulsory ‘training days’ which are held at one of the rotation placement hospitals on a six weekly basis. In addition ‘on the job’ teaching is provided at all the placement hospitals on a regular basis during a placement.

Hospitals on the Wessex Haematology rotation include:


For information about the training available at each hospital please download the Programme Description (pdf)

It is usual that trainees will spend two of their five years training at Southampton General Hospital, where specialist training in paediatrics and allogeneic transplantation is available. The remaining three years will be spent at the other district general hospitals on the rotation. Specialist training starts with an introduction to laboratory practice and subsequently continues through a variety of posts which will include:

  • Core and special interest haematology, incorporating haematological oncology, transplantation, paediatric haematology, haemostasis and thrombosis and blood transfusion practice.
  • Allow the trainee exposure to the broad range of diseases of the blood and bone marrow, both primary and secondary to other systemic disease.
  • Permit haematology training in a range of different settings including an academic environment, a District General Hospital, and Paediatric Haematology and Blood Transfusion Units.



Please see these pages for a list of contacts:

School of Medicine Contacts

Specialty Specific Contacts

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