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The term Haematology is derived from the Greek words haima (blood) and logos (study of or science of). Haematology is the study of blood. Blood consists of blood cells (red cells, white cells, and platelets) and plasma. Blood has a number of functions including carrying nutrients and oxygen to tissues and also carrying their waste products to dispose it.

In the CLS department, students take three courses in Haematology:

  1. Basic Haematology
  2. Immunohaematology
  3. Clinical Haematology

In the first course students learn most of the basics of Haematology covering aspects such as blood cells generation, clotting, and blood diseases. The second course is concerned with the fundamentals of providing safe blood for transfusion to patients. Subjects in the Immunohaematology course include: blood groups, blood donation, collection and storage of blood products, and haemolytic diseases. In the clinical practice course, students have the opportunity to have hands on experience in haematology and blood bank labs at King Khalid University Hospital.

Haematolog/Immunohaematology Labs and the instruments available in these labs 

  • G 153, G 154 ( Haematology and Immunohaematology )
  • Microscopes with DP 70 camera and video camera
  • Brightfield microscopes
  • Spectrophotometer
  • Bench top centrifuge
  • Refrigerated centrifuge
  • PCV centrifuge
  • Incubators
  • Waterbaths
  • Electrophoresis set-up
  • Blood cell analyser
  • Fibrinometer
  • Aggregometer
  • Cell washer
  • Serofuge
  • Dry Bath incubator
  • Diamed Microtyping System
  • Agglutination viewer