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:
Acute myeloid leukaemia
Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
Chronic myeloid leukaemia
Other lymphoproliferative disorders (e.g. Waldenstrom’s macroglubulinaemia, hairy cell leukaemia)
General haematology (anaemia, haemochromatosis, low platelets)
The haematology team offers following services
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 Director – Dr 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)
0121 424 1557 (Heartlands)
0121 424 9610 (GoodHope)
Service Manager Mrs. Gaynor Hill
Clinical Director – Dr Joanne Ewing
MDT Lead Clinician
Dr S Paneesha
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
Dr Nuri Alfasi
Dr. Clare Gardner
Dr A Zarkar
Dr A Stevens
Dr R Muc
Dr Z Rudski
Dr S Cooper
Dr B Miller
Bone Marrow Transplant Co-ordinator
Clinical Nurse Specialists
Clinical trials nurse team
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.