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Blood is composed of a variety of cells that are produced within bone marrow. There are red blood cells, which transport oxygen around the body; white blood cells, which defend against infection; and platelets, which help to control bleeding. The branch of medicine relating to diseases of the blood and bone marrow is called haematology. As blood performs a vital function throughout the entire body, haematology plays a key role in the treatment of a wide range of diseases.
London Bridge Hospital has the expertise and equipment to provide effective treatments for a large number of disorders that can impact on blood cells, some of which are described here:
AnaemiaA low level of red blood cells leads to an inadequate oxygen supply around the body.
Differential testA white blood cell analysis to diagnose an illness affecting the immune system.
HaemophiliaA genetic disease that causes the blood to be unable to clot normally.
Hughes syndromeClots (thromboses) develop in blood vessels.
LeukaemiaA malignant condition affecting immature blood-forming cells in the bone marrow.