Healthcare science staff in this field play a major role in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with disorders of the blood and bone marrow. This includes disorders such as:
- sickle cell disease
- leukaemia and related blood cancers
- haemophilia and other bleeding and clotting problems
In most organisations Haematologists are also involved in blood transfusion science and are responsible for ascertaining blood group status, and the provision of appropriate blood and its components.
It is increasingly common for haematology staff to work in a 24-hour blood science laboratory, where the efficiencies of working with similar technologies for clinical chemistry and immunological investigations can be realised.