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Haematology Cancer Team

The aim of the haematology multidisciplinary team is to provide a high quality multi professional approach offering individualised care to all patients with a haematological cancer

Following a diagnosis of a haematological disorder, patients and their carers will receive support and treatment from the haematology team.

The team is made up of a multi-disciplinary group of professional and clinical personnel whose aim is to care for patients with a haematological cancer.

Due to the complex nature of blood diseases, there are a number of investigations and treatment options available and more than one specialist is likely to be involved in each patients care. It is therefore essential that communication is effective. To ensure this the team holds a weekly meeting on a Thursday to discuss all new patients with a view to decide on the appropriate treatment plan for each individual based on best evidence and best outcomes. We have a dedicated haemato-pathologist and specialist radiologists as well as very strong links with radiotherapy and genetics services where needed.

Any decisions made will be discussed with the patient and their family in the clinic at the next visit and the plan for treatment is fully explained. Immediately following the team meeting a summary of the plan is sent to patients GPs and to the patient. All patients are offered the opportunity to meet with one of our clinical nurse specialists for support and advice throughout the treatment. They will take a full holistic assessment of patient needs. Our day unit nursing team undertakes a key role prior to the start of any treatment to give further information and support.

Occasionally, due to the need for more urgent treatment, this may begin before the team meeting. This decision will be based on treatment priorities and will be made by a consultant (always after discussion with one other team consultant).

The role of the Haematology Specialist Nurse

Within the Haematology Team we have three clinical nurse specialists. Their role is to act as a key worker and care for patients with a haematological cancer and their carers. The nurses will provide you with ongoing support through your cancer treatment and can provide you and your carers with advice and information about investigations, procedures, treatments, support organisations and any other services you may benefit from.

The Role of The MDT Co-ordinator

The MDT co-ordinator, co-ordinates the multidisciplinary team meetings and co-ordinates investigations and treatment for patients with a haematological cancer ensuring the team is working to Department of Health standards and to government targets for patients with cancer.

The haematology team is involved in the diagnosis and the treatment of following conditions:

  • Non-Hodgkins lymophoma
  • Myeloma
  • Hodgkins lymphoma
  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
  • Chronic myeloid leukaemia
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome
  • Myeloproliferative disorders
  • Other lymphoproliferative disorders (e.g. Waldenstrom’s macroglubulinaemia, hairy cell leukaemia)
  • Aplastic anaemia
  • Obstetric haematology
  • General haematology (anaemia, haemochromatosis, low platelets)

The haematology team offers following services

  • Blood transfusion
  • Autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplantation including umbilical cord and haplo-identical transplantation. Our department was one of the first in the UK to be accredited by JACIE (a European quality regulator).
  • Comprehensive undergraduate and postgraduate training programmes for haematology specialist trainees. Dr Ewing is Programme Director for the haematology training rotation in West Midlands.

Clinical research programmes. Our consultants are actively involved in research and we have an active portfolio of NCRN and Pharmaceutical sponsored clinical research trials and are currently the largest recruiter to trials in haematology in the West Midlands.


Clinical DirectorDr Ewing

PA to Dr Ewing – Angela McDonald 0121 424 3699

Dr G Pratt/ Dr Ewing (clinical enquiries) 0121 424 3698

Professor D W Milligan 0121 424 3699

Dr R Lovell/ Dr N Smith 0121 424 2704

Dr M Lumley 0121 424 9280

Dr S Paneesha 0121 424 1704

Dr M Nikolousis 0121 424 1704

Dr Kartsios Charalampos 0121 424 3698

Dr Bhuvan Kishore 0121 424 3698

Dr A Zarkar 0121 424 3165

Dr. Clare Gardner 0121 424 3699

Dr Nuri Alfasi 0121 424 9294

Haematology Day Unit 0121 424 0340 (Heartlands)

Haematology Day Unit 0121 424 7459 (Goodhope)

Nurse Specialists

0121 424 1557 (Heartlands)

0121 424 9610 (GoodHope)

Service Manager  Mrs. Gaynor Hill

Clinical Director – Dr Joanne Ewing

MDT Lead Clinician

Dr S Paneesha

Consultant Haematologists

Dr Joanne Ewing

Dr Charalampos (Haris) Kartsios

Dr Bhuvan Kishore

Dr Richard Lovell

Dr Matthew Lumley

Professor Don W Milligan

Dr Manos Nikolousis

Dr Shankara Paneesha

Dr Guy Pratt
Dr Neil Smith

Associate Specialist

Dr Nuri Alfasi

Speciality Doctor

Dr. Clare Gardner

Consultant Oncologist

Dr A Zarkar
Dr A Stevens


Dr R Muc
Dr Z Rudski

Consultant Radiologist

Dr S Cooper
Dr Cleasby
Dr B Miller

Bone Marrow Transplant Co-ordinator

Kathy Holder

Clinical Nurse Specialists

Lynda Baker

Julie Suhr
Susan Weaving

Clinical trials nurse team

Rosemarie Enstone

Melanie Kelly

Cath Jordan

Ellen Drew

Ann Schumacher

MDT Co-ordinator

Kirsty O’Brien

Useful Links

Birmingham Heartlands Leukaemia Support Group (BHLSG)

Local support Group providing emotional, psychological and financial support to patients and families of anyone with a haematological condition.

Department of Haematology and Stem Cell Transplantation at the Heart of England Foundation Trust

Cancer Bacup

Information, practical advice and emotional support

Contact by telephone 0800 800 1234 (Monday-Friday 9am-7pm)

Lymphoma Association

PO Box 396

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 2GA

Contact by Telephone 0808 808 5555

Macmillan Cancer Relief

Contact by telephone 0808 808 2020 (Monday – Friday 9am-6pm)

Leukemia Care Society

2 Shrubbery Avenue, Worcester WR1 1QH

0800 169 6680 or 01905 330 003

International Myeloma Foundation (UK)

2nd Floor York Place, Edinburgh, Scotland EN1 3HP

0131 557 3332 or 0800 980 3332


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