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Haematology is a branch of pathology which focuses the blood, the organs that produce blood and the diseases which can affect the blood. Haematologists also look at bone marrow production and disorders.
They seldom work directly with patients in hospitals; they are more commonly found in laboratories and educational institutions, researching and examining specimens. Physicians will call upon haematologists to conduct tests in order to diagnose patients’ diseases and measure the stages the diseases have reached.
Due to the nature of the subject, haematologists will frequently work with healthcare professionals from a range of departments, including oncologists in the provision of chemotherapy and clinical care, paediatricians, pathologists from other branches, nurses and clinical scientists.
The position of a haematologist is extremely senior and many will divide their time between medical research and teaching. Teaching could take place in medical schools, hospitals or universities and students vary from seasoned physicians to trainee nurses.