Haematology Experts Welcome LIBRA Back To King’s College Hospital


Our team recently met with haematology experts at King’s College Hospital in London who provided a fantastic insight into current research projects and exciting plans for the future of the department and its patients. It was an exciting visit as we had not been on site for two years due to the pandemic.

It was wonderful to hear about great advancements that are being made across both malignant and non-malignant haematology – from treatments through to the entire patient experience.

NHS Clinical Director Roopen Arya, Professor of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, kicked off a series of presentations, beginning with an overview of the world-renowned Haematology Department which now has a team of around 300 medical staff and 40 consultants.

Professor Francesco Dazzi, Vice Dean and Head of Regenerative Medicine, went on to thank LIBRA Trustees for their ongoing support of the haematology department and he emphasised how vital the funding we provide is to help ensure the department continues to provide the best possible patient care.

We also heard from Dr Reuben Benjamin who specialises in CAR-T therapy, a highly specialised new treatment for certain patients with relapsed high grade B cell lymphomas and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Dr Victoria Potter who is a consultant haematologist went on to update us on stem cell transplantation. We also enjoyed presentations from the bone marrow transplant team and Carole Cobain-Patel, Head of Nursing Haematology.

Carole and Victoria provided Trustees with a tour of the haematology wards and we were lucky to visit the Elf and LIBRA Ward, Davidson Ward, along with the Ambulatory Care Unit. We also saw work in progress on the Derek Mitchell Unit, where the LIBRA supported refurbishment is well underway. It is hoped the work will be complete in March 20223 and we look forward to the official opening.


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