Our haematology service diagnoses and treats blood diseases, including cancers. We also carry out blood transfusions and treat patients with blood clotting problems using anticoagulant drugs.

Your care

Our haematology team are able to treat you for a variety of haematology conditions including:

  • Anaemia
  • Leukaemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Myeloma
  • Myelodysplasia
  • Myeloproliferative disorders
  • Problems with the blood clotting system
  • Red cell disorders.

You will have some tests to help us diagnose your disease which will be explained to you by the medical or nursing team looking after you. These are mainly blood tests and may be done either in an outpatient appointment or if you are staying with us in hospital.

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You will then be asked to come along to one of our clinics where you will be assessed and bone marrow biopsies taken as appropriate. A bone marrow test is when we obtain a bone marrow sample under local anaesthetic by inserting a needle into the pelvis bone. It can be done as an outpatient and needs no special preparation.

If you need to have a blood transfusion or chemotherapy as part of your treatment you can have these in our general hospitals or in our community hospitals at Alnwick and Berwick. Patients who need chemotherapy or transfusion attend as a day case and do not need to stay overnight.

Some of the treatments that you may have, depending on your condition include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunoglobulin therapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Supportive therapies such as blood transfusions, antibiotics, palliative care and complementary therapies for symptom relief
  • Targeted drug therapies such as Velcade and Rituximab
  • Venesection

These treatments can be given alone or in combination with one another and you will be given them as an outpatient, either from the haematology clinic, chemotherapy or oncology day units.

If you need radiotherapy or other treatments such as stem cell harvesting and transplantation, this will take place at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Freeman Hospital.

The haematology team work closely with colleagues in the Cancer Care Centre and attend a weekly meeting to discuss patients who need other more specialised therapy.


Wansbeck General Hospital

Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon for general haematology.
Tuesday morning for thrombosis and lymphadenopathy clinics.
Thursday afternoon for thrombosis clinic.

North Tyneside General Hospital

Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon for general haematology.
Friday afternoon for thrombosis clinic.

Hexham General Hospital

Tuesday morning, Wednesday afternoon (monthly) and Friday afternoon for general haematology.

Anticoagulation clinics are run by our nurse specialists daily in various locations throughout the trust. Further information can be obtained from the warfarin service in your area through your GP.

The team

  • Dr I J Neilly, consultant haematologist
  • Dr Simon Lyons, consultant haematologist
  • Dr Chris Tiplady, consultant haematologist
  • David Tompkins, haematology nurse specialist
  • Dr Rachel Wells, consultant haematologist
  • Dr Chris Williams, consultant haematologist
  • Melanie Wood, haematology nurse specialist
  • Anticoagulation Service lead by Mr Paul Barbieri. 

Other people who may be involved in your care include a clinical trials officer, consultants and nurses specialising in palliative care, radiotherapy or bone marrow transplantation and a dietician.

Your appointment

If you need to change your appointment please call 0344 811 8118 and one of our patient care advisors will help you re-arrange it.


If you have a question or concern, contact the clinical haematology service through our switchboard, 0344 811 8111.

Contacts for the consultant haematologists are:

Secretary  - 01434 655005

North Tyneside
Dr C. Tiplady, Dr R.Wells and Dr C. Williams - Secretary: 0191 293 4157

David Tompkins, haematology nurse specialist 0191 293 4146

Dr M.S. Dewar - secretary: 01670 529815

Dr I.J. Neilly - secretary:  01670 529709

Melanie Wood, Macmillan haematology nurse specialist 01670 529816

Useful links

There are other organisations that provide support to patients, families and carers:

Cancer patients are exempt from prescription charges.  Please speak to a member of your medical or nursing team to obtain an exemption certificate.

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