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Waitematā DHB Haematology Service

Public Service, Haematology


What is Haematology?
Haematology is the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the blood and blood-forming organs. Such disorders may involve the:
  • components of blood (cells and plasma)
  • coagulation (blood clotting) process
  • blood cell formation
  • haemoglobin (oxygen-carrying protein on red blood cells) synthesis.
To help in the diagnosis of blood disorders, you will probably have to have blood samples taken for analysis in the laboratory. These may include:
FBC (Full Blood Count): gives information on the number of cells (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets) in your blood.
ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate): a screening test that may give an indication of inflammatory disease or abnormal protein levels.
INR (International Normalised Ratio): monitors your clotting function when on warfarin (anticoagulant/anticlotting) therapy.
Coagulation/Clotting Screen:  a group of tests to check coagulation or clotting function.
Doctors who specialise in haematology are called haematologists.


Referral Expectations

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

  • Iron Infusion

    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

  • Lumbar Puncture

    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

  • Chemotherapy

    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

    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

Contact Details

North Shore Hospital

North Auckland

Freephone 0800 80 93 42 - Waitemata DHB residential areas only
Patient enquiries:
(09) 486 8930

Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (09) 486 8900

Shakespeare Road
Auckland 0620

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Shakespeare Road
Auckland 0620

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North Shore Hospital
Private Bag 93 503
North Shore City 0740

This page was last updated at 9:56AM on October 4, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitematā DHB Haematology Service.