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Interpreting abnormal blood results for GPs

This recording originally took place on 26 October 2017.
You will be sent the recording, presentation slides and certificate once payment has been made. The webinar recordings will only be available to view until Wednesday 28 February 2018.


Webinar cost: £35

Audience: GPs (all grades)

This session will explore Haematology results: deciding what is abnormal and when to refer for specialist opinion.

With the huge automation in haematology analysers used today, many patients with ‘abnormal’ results will be seen in General Practice. Deciding whether an abnormal result is serious and should be referred can be tricky. In this session, the Dr Provan will discuss some of the commoner abnormalities seen in General Practice and highlight those that can be observed for a while, and those that need referral for a specialist opinion. These abnormalities include those seen in red cells, white cells and platelets. Coagulation abnormalities are outside the scope of this presentation.

After this session you will:

  • Be able to identify iron deficiency and distinguish this from inherited red cell disorders
  • Appreciate the difficulties in diagnosing anaemia of chromic disease which is very common in General Practice and in the hospital setting
  • Be able to diagnose myeloproliferative disease, myelodysplasia and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
  • Be able to investigate a paraprotein and decide when to refer for haematology opinion


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Dr Drew Provan

Dr Drew Provan

Reader In Haematology at Bart's & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Provan is currently Reader In Haematology at Bart’s & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
He studied molecular genetics at Leicester University before studying medicine. After junior medical posts in Scotland, Nottingham and Yorkshire, in 1993 he went to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute In Boston, on an American travelling fellowship awarded by the Medical Research Council. He took up the post of consultant haematologist in Southampton in 1995, and moved to Barts & The London in 2000. His main clinical and research interests are autoimmune haematology, and in particular ITP. He was the lead writer for the recently published International consensus report on the investigation and management of primary immune thrombocytopenia.

Dr Provan is a general haematologist with a specific interest in immunohaematology. His main clinical and laboratory research focus is ITP. He enjoys writing and editing and has been involved in the production of a number of books, including MRCP and MRCPath examination books, in addition to Molecular Haematology (Blackwell Science), Oxford Handbook of Clinical Haematology and Oxford Handbook of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation, and the ABC of Clinical Haematology (BMJ books).

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