Joint Red Cell Unit 

The joint red cell unit at UCLH is a leading national unit for investigating anaemias (both transfusion dependent and transfusion independent).

The red cell unit has the largest number of patients with thalassaemia in the UK and a large population of patients with sickle cell disease. The unit is a tertiary referral centre for iron overload disorders, e.g. genetic haemochromatosis as well as for other red cell disorders.

Patients are referred locally, nationally and internationally for investigation, treatment and advice about management. We work closely with other expert teams at UCLH including cardiology, neurology, psychology, hepatology, endocrinology and the pain team. We have access to diagnostic testing that is uniquely available at UCLH. Such diagnostic testing includes laboratory based methods as well as MRI imaging techniques for iron quantitation that are not available in district general hospitals.

The paediatric haematology clinic is able to review non-malignant haematology in pre-teens as well as iron or red cell disorders in a child of any age.

Conditions treated

  • Haemoglobinopathies including sickle cell and thalassaemia
  • Iron overload disorders including haemochromatosis
  • Anaemias
  • Enzymopathies e.g. pyruvate kinase deficiency
  • Membrane disorders e.g. hereditary spherocytosis
  • Secondary polycythaemia

Dr Bernard Davis Blood Diseases (clinical haematology), Joint Red Cell Unit
Dr Farrukh Shah Blood Diseases (clinical haematology), Joint Red Cell Unit, Sickle cell anaemia, Thalassaemia
Dr Perla Eleftheriou Anaemia and abnormal blood counts, Blood Diseases (clinical haematology), Joint Red Cell Unit, Sickle cell anaemia, Thalassaemia
Dr Sara Trompeter Blood Diseases (clinical haematology), Joint Red Cell Unit, Sickle cell anaemia, Thalassaemia
Prof John Porter Blood Diseases (clinical haematology), Joint Red Cell Unit, Sickle cell anaemia, Thalassaemia
Dr Emma Drasar Blood Diseases (clinical haematology), Joint Red Cell Unit, Sickle cell anaemia, Thalassaemia

 Contact details

Joint Red Cell Unit
University College Hospital
Haematology department
Cancer Services
250 Euston Road
London, NW1 2PG
University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
Outpatient Services
Huntley Street
London, WC1E 6AG
University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
Day Care Services
Huntley Street
London, WC1E 6AG

General enquiries
Telephone: 0203 447 9456 (adults) / 020 3447 5239 (children)
Fax: 020 3447 9911 (adults) / 020 3447 9046 (children)
Email: lucia.geoffrey@nhs.net (adults) / pat.isaacs1@nhs.net (children)

GP enquiries
Telephone: 0203 447 9456 (adults) / 020 3447 5239 (children)
Fax: 020 3447 9911 (adults) / 020 3447 9046 (children)
Email: lucia.geoffrey@nhs.net (adults) / pat.isaacs1@nhs.net (children)

Other information
If you are a patient please call the Patient Telephone Line for all queries to your team: 0203 447 7359. Please note the line is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
 
Outside of the office hours (listed above) and for medical advice only, patients may call the haematology ward : 07852 220 900.
 
Please note this line is for patients only –medical professionals should call the general enquiries line for any patient related queries.

Service manager - Tom Connolly
Email: tomconnolly@nhs.net