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A haematologist is a doctor who specialises in diseases affecting the blood.

Medical Conditions

Any abnormality of the blood, including the blood cells (red, white or platelets) and coagulation abnormalities.
Some examples include:

  • Anaemia
  • Thrombocytopaenia
  • Leukopaenia
  • Pancytopaenia
  • Polycythaemia
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Leukocytosis
  • Leukaemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Coagulopathies
  • Warfarinisation (Warfarin Therapy)
  • Haemophilia
  • Von Willebrands disease
  • Pro-Coagulant disorders

Specialty Areas of Interest

  • Haematological malignancy (cancers of the blood)
  • Coagulopathies and procoagulant conditions (problems with bleeding and blood clotting)

Associated Tests


  • Treatment depends on the condition.
  • It may involve medications, blood transfusion, chemotherapy or even bone marrow transplantation.

What to expect


Your haematologist will begin by asking about your current problem: your symptoms, their duration, severity, relieving and exacerbating factors; previous tests and treatments.
They will also ask about past medical problems, medications, allergies, social and family history.


Your haematologist will begin by looking generally. A great deal can be learned by simple observation of the nails, hands, skin, hair, eyes and mouth. They will then feel for lymph nodes (commonly known as glands) in your neck, armpits and groin. Next they are likely to feel you abdomen, specifically feeling for your liver, spleen and any enlarged lymph nodes that may be present.
After this they will need to order some investigations (tests) - usually blood tests.

Training and Qualifications


* Hematology – American spelling for Haematology.