Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Psychology

Sickle cell disease and thalassaemia are chronic conditions, which have profound medical and psychosocial implications across the life span of affected patients and their families. Our psychological services are comprehensive and complement medical treatment that patients receive. The framework is to provide services that are:

  • Hospital and Community Based
  • Age Appropriate - i.e. Paediatric, Adolescent, Adult
  • Evidence Based

Psychological services are integrated as part of the routine care offered to patients and families with sickle cell disease and thalassaemia. We routinely assess all patients attending the outpatients clinic using a wide range of standard psychological screening tools. We also fully assess patients before they are offered any psychological intervention in the hospital or in the community. Follow-up of patients and families in the community is an essential part of our services, especially when they do not present in the hospital.

The main objectives of our interventions are to:

  • Alleviate suffering resulting from severity of symptoms including pain
  • Decrease psychological distress by addressing emotional problems
  • Increase coping ability through learning of appropriate and effective strategies
  • Help with adherence to medical treatment
  • Improve overall quality of life

Description of service

We provide the following services:

  • Psychological assessments for all patients
  • Psycho-educational group work for children and adolescents
  • Individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions for all patients
  • Problem-solving therapy for parents and carers
  • Neuropsychological assessments for all patients
  • Consultation and liaison service for neuro-educational concerns
  • Self referral and drop in service
  • Referrals to other psychology services and agencies
  • Training of other health and allied professionals
  • Research and development

Outpatient Clinics

Our outpatient clinics (both adult and paediatric) run once a week at Central Middlesex Hospital. To book, change or cancel a paediatric or adult clinic appointment contact the Haematology Clinic clerk on 020 8453 2292.


Central Middlesex Hospital

Paediatric Clinic: Rainbow Children’s Centre, Ground Floor, Central Middlesex Hospital

Adult Clinic: Haematology & Sickle Cell Centre, 2nd Floor, Central Middlesex Hospital


  • Brent Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Centre
    020 8453 2050/2052 9am - 5pm

Central Middlesex Hospital

  • Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Psychology Service
    020 8453 2050 9am - 5pm
  • Haematology Outpatient's Clinic Clerks
    020 8453 2292 9am - 5pm
  • Rainbow Children?s Centre
    020 8453 2039
  • Adult Day Care Unit
    020 8453 2562

Consultants and other key staff

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