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Haemoglobinopathies are a group of blood disorders including sickle cell disease (SCD), thalassemia and some rare inherited anaemias.

We are the haemoglobinopathy coordinating centre (HCC) for the South West Region for sickle cell disease. We are also the specialist haemoglobinopathy team (SHT) for thalassaemia, rare inherited anaemias and sickle cell disease. 

Our local patient population is about 90 sickle cell, 19 thalassaemia and 5 rare inherited anaemia patients, involving 30-40 admissions per year, a weekly outpatient clinic and 25-30 day ward attendances. 


COVID-19 rules in England have recently changed however the national guidance for healthcare settings remains unchanged. This means anyone coming into one of our hospitals from Thursday 24 February 2022 must continue to:

  • Clean your hands before entering and leaving the building and use the hand sanitiser outside each ward, department or area.
  • Wear a surgical face mask (unless exempt from doing so) which are available at all hospital entrances. Guidance around exemptions is available on the Government website. Please notify us on attendance if you are exempt from wearing a face mask. The Trust will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments, if appropriate.
  • Give others space. Continue to follow the maximum room and lift capacity advice.

These measures are important so that the most vulnerable people can continue to safely attend hospital, and to help protect our staff and patients by reducing the risk of infection.

Further details can be found /coronavirus-(covid-19)/


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