- components of blood (cells and plasma)
- coagulation (blood clotting) process
- blood cell formation
- haemoglobin (oxygen-carrying protein on red blood cells) synthesis.
Waitemata DHB Haematology Service
Please bring a list of your current medications, as well as any CT/MRI scans or X-rays performed in the community.
Procedures / Treatments
Bone Marrow Biopsy
The bone marrow is where the blood cells are made. A bone marrow biopsy involves taking a sample of bone marrow, usually from the back of the iliac crest (hip bone) or from the sternum (breastbone) to see how well the bone marrow is functioning, and if there are any… More
Red Cell Transfusion
Red cell (blood) transfusions are given to treat symptomatic anaemia. For haematology patients, these are given in the Haematology Day Stay unit. Two to three units of red cells are usually given. Each unit takes approximately two hours. Before your transfusion, you will be asked to have a special blood… More
These are given to patients with anaemia due to a deficiency of iron. They are usually prescribed when a trial of iron tablets has been unsuccessful, either due to side effects or malabsorption. The iron solution is given through an intravenous drip placed in your hand or arm. The rest… More
A lumbar puncture is a procedure to remove a small sample of cerebrospinal fluid (surrounds the spinal cord and brain) for analysis. An injection of local anaesthetic is given, followed by the insertion of a thin needle into the spinal canal. This is done to check for the presence of… More
A wide range of chemotherapy is given in the Haematology Day Stay unit, for a number of different disorders. Information leaflets specific to each regimen will be given to you prior to commencing chemotherapy. More
Venesection refers to the removal of blood. This procedure is performed for people who have too many circulating red cells (polycythaemia) or iron overload (haemochromatosis). It is similar to the procedure used for donating blood. The frequency of venesections depends on the level of red cells or iron. It may… More