A haematologist is a doctor who specialises in disorders of the blood and bone marrow. They work to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as sickle cell disease, haemophilia, anaemia, leukaemia and lymphoma. When you are referred to a haematologist they will most likely take a history of your symptoms, enquire about your family history, perform a physical examination and send you for a blood count. They may also send you for a bone marrow biopsy and x-rays.
You may be referred to see a haematologist if your doctor notices something abnormal in your blood work, or if you have a history of fatigue, unusual bleeding or bruising. If you have previously been diagnosed with a long-term illness such as leukaemia, lymphoma, haemophilia or sickle cell disease, you may need regular appointments to help keep your treatment plan up to date and help you to manage the symptoms of your condition.