BCHC staff treating an adult patient


Adults' and Children's Services

Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Service

We provide a high quality, accessible, specialist haemoglobinopathy service to individuals living in Birmingham and Solihull which is non discriminating of age, gender, race, culture and ability.

From 1 March 2024, we will no longer provide the Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Service. The service will be transferred to new provider, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust and located at City Hospital.

Full address below:

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital.

Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre

City Hospital

Dudley Road


B18 7QH

The new telephone number for the Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia service will be 0121 507 6040. 

The new email address for the service is:  swbh.scatcommunityreferrals@nhs.net


About our service


We ensure that individuals with a significant haemoglobinopathy or those who wish to ascertain their haemoglobinopathy status are given relevant information.


We offer patients appropriate counselling to enable them to make informed decisions regarding their reproductive choices which may affect their lives and their families.


We provide a high quality, accessible, value for money specialist haemoglobinopathy service to individuals living in Birmingham and Solihull which is non-discriminating of age, gender, race, culture and ability.




  • screening – venepuncture,

  • antenatal and neonatal counselling; trait

  • care of patients and families with full-blown conditions in sickle cell disease and thalassaemia major

  • education –provision of resources such as booklets, various media formats e.g. DVD, videos and audio information in various languages.



Hours service available

The service is available 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday with answering machine facility for out of hours 0121 466 3667.

Email: bchc.sicklecellresults@nhs.net 

An out of hours service is offered once a month between 5pm - 7pm for those unable to access the daytime service. Evenings and weekends periodically to cover community events.



Where is service delivered?

This is a pan-Birmingham service and is also available to Solihull residents. Services can be delivered in the following settings, as appropriate:

  • patient's home

  • clinics

  • health centre

  • GP practice

  • Teaching establishments eg.  Universities, acute settings, local social services establishments.



Referral criteria and sources

Criteria for Referral to the Service:

  • Any person who has been screened and who is a carrier for haemoglobinopathy
  • Any relative of a carrier or affected with haemoglobinopathy
  • Any person who wishes to establish their haemoglobinopathy status
  • Any person wanting information about haemoglobinopathies 

Our patients and their carers and families are the reason we're here, so we want to hear your views about the Trust and our services.