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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Haematology

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Red Cell Service

The Red Cell Service provides a comprehensive clinical service for the population of Oxfordshire and acts as the hub for major haemoglobinopathy referrals for tertiary care from the Thames Valley network - sickle cell disease and thalassaemia.

We provide tertiary and quaternary referrals for patients with rare inherited anaemias:

  • congenital dyserythropoietic anaemia
  • Diamond-Blackfan anaemia
  • congenital sideroblastic anaemia
  • pyruvate kinase deficiency and other red cell enzyme deficiencies
  • hereditary spherocytosis and other red cell membrane disorders.

We accept referrals from across the UK, with video consultations available for geographically distant patients.

We have strong links with other hospitals in the network, including joint education meetings, joint consultant appointments and specialist registrar rotational training.

The Clinical Red Cell Service has close links with the University of Oxford through internationally recognised units and laboratories with an interest in disorders of haemoglobin, including the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit within the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM).

We work closely with Oxford Genetics Laboratories, which provide NHSE-commissioned genetic diagnostics for inherited anaemias.

We carry out molecular and clinical multidisciplinary team meetings regularly, and invite referring clinicians.

Haemoglobinopathy Coordinating Centre

Oxford is the lead centre for Wessex and Thames Valley Haemoglobinopathy Coordinating Centre, coordinating care for both the Oxford and the Southampton Specialist Haemoglobinopathy teams.


We may ask our patients if they would like to take part in a clinical trial.

We are currently recruiting patients to:

For general information about haematology research please visit:



Red Cell Clinic

The Red Cell Clinic accepts referrals from across the UK for diagnosis and management of rare or unexplained anaemia.

  • Alternate Fridays 9.00am - 1.00pm
  • Level 0, Cancer and Haematology Centre, Churchill Hospital

Our team


The service is led by consultant haematologists Dr Wale Atoyebi and Dr NoƩmi Roy.

Inpatients are looked after by the Lymphoma Team.

Nurse Practitioners


There is an open access Leg Ulcer Service provided by the Dermatology Department.

Please contact:

Helen Butterfield
Leg Ulcer Nurse Specialist
Dermatology Department
Churchill Hospital
Old Road
Oxford OX3 7LE

Tel: 01865 228255



Red Cell Service Coordinator

Tel: 01865 227 826

Lloyd Cadman:

Red Cell Service Quality Manager

Thames Valley and Wessex Haemoglobinopathy Coordinating Centre

Tel: 01865 226191

Manuela Sultanova:

International Accreditation

We are a designated Centre of Excellence with:

For all our protocols please visit:

Red Cell - Thames Valley NSSG Haematology