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The Christchurch Haematology Service is a tertiary centre for the South Island of New Zealand. We provide a comprehensive specialist service for patients with blood disorders which include bone marrow transplantation (both autologous and allogeneic) and treatment for haematological malignancies, bleeding and thrombotic disorders.

Career prospects

Haematology is an area of medicine that is expected to continue growing and as such, there is a need for more specialists in this area.

Medical staff in our service

There are eight haematologists, six registrars and a house officer.

All about our service

The service is comprised of:

  • Haematology Outpatients
  • Haematology Day Ward
  • South Island Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU)
  • Haemostasis Service

The service embodies a multidisciplinary team approach with close liaisons with diagnostic and support services and medical and surgical colleagues.

Visiting outpatient consultation services are provided to the Westcoast DHB.

Visiting laboratory services are provided to South Canterbury DHB. 

Training in our service

Haematology is accredited to train five Registrars. Teaching sessions are held regularly and registrars are encouraged to attend various multidisciplinary meetings.


There is excellent access to the Haematology Service Research Unit - actively supported to join multi-centre trials. Assistance with ethics approval, nursing etc is provided by this group.

SMO / Kaimahi (staff) support

The senior staff pride themselves on their approachability and welcome opportunities to use difficult clinical situations as teaching opportunities. There is a 24 hours SMO on-call availability.

Advantages to training at Haematology, Canterbury District Health Board

We have comprehensive training programmes in haematology. In addition, rotational positions for those seeking general experience are also available.


Dr Mark Smith
Clinical Director
Phone: (+64 3) 364 0387
Email: mark.smith@cdhb.health.nz

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