Haematologist Job Description

Haematologists Are Concerned With The Study Of Blood, Blood-forming Tissues And Blood-related Disorders. Their Work Is Usually Carried Out In Specialist Departments Of Hospitals Where They Interpret Test Results To Diagnose Blood-based Abnormalities.

They Look At The Size, Structure, Function And Amount Of Different Types Of Blood Cells And Produce Reports And Scientific Analyses To Show Their Findings. The Majority Of Haematologists Work In Laboratories In Biomedical Roles, But Others Work In Blood Transfusion Centres Or In Clinical Roles Where They Have Direct Contact With Patients. Working With Other Clinical Professionals is Also Part Of A Haematologist’s Job.

Doctors Can Also Specialise In Haematology But This Is A Very Different Career Route.

Haematology Is A Constantly Developing Specialist Area Of Medicine And Provides Scope For Clinical And Laboratory Experience.

Haematologist Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • producing quantitative data in the form of reports and providing key information to medical staff about a patient’s condition;
  • assisting colleagues in the interpretation of test results;
  • reviewing initial data that reveals, for example, white or red blood cell abnormalities;
  • making decisions on further haematological analysis;
  • receiving and preparing blood samples for analysis;
  • analysing blood samples using computer-aided and manual techniques;
  • selecting appropriate techniques for different types of haematological analysis;
  • maintaining accurate and detailed records.
  • liaising with other medical professionals to discuss patient treatment plans;
  • cross-matching blood for use in transfusions;
  • investigating the biochemistry of blood clotting;

In addition to the above, clinical haematologists prescribe specific types of treatment for individual patients. However, the level of patient contact for haematologists in some roles has reduced as the work has become more laboratory-based.

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