Strike action is taking place in June. We'll contact you directly if you or your child's appointment is affected.

There are rail strikes planned for June, which may affect your journey to our hospital and community centres. If you or your child has an appointment booked, please do all you can to attend. Plan your journey ahead and allow extra time.

Your appointment with the sickle cell and thalassaemia community nursing service

About accessing the sickle cell and thalassaemia community nursing service, covering Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham.

How to access the service

You can refer yourself or child to our service using the contact details in the contacts box on this page

Or you may be referred by other healthcare professionals, or a screening programme, such as the NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Programme.

Changing or cancelling your appointment

Please call 020 3049 5993 as soon as possible if you need to change your appointment.

Your first appointment

We may see you before your baby is born, if they've been identified as being at risk of having sickle cell disease or thalassaemia. We provide both genetic counselling and screening services.

If your newborn baby has been diagnosed with sickle cell disease or thalassaemia, one of our community nurses will come to talk to you at home to provide you with information about the support available to you and your family.

The nurse will then refer you and your child to the hospital of your choice – it is this hospital that your child will be seen at for their routine hospital appointments.

After your appointment

If you have had tests, we will contact you with the results within two weeks.

Alternatively, you can also contact the nurse directly on their mobile (where this has been agreed) or the main office on 020 3049 5993.

The community nursing team will continue to support your child as they grow older, and you and your family, providing:

  • health promotion, training and awareness programmes
  • education and support for you, your family and healthcare professionals
  • helping to manage symptoms and your child's condition
  • home visits
  • pain management
  • blood testing
  • specialist nurse reviews at community clinics and during hospital visits
  • assessment and support with social needs, for example housing, for example welfare benefits and advice
  • resources and information
  • care and support.


Tel: 020 3049 5993


Open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday

How to find us

South East London Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre
Mary Sheridan Centre (Wooden Spoon House)
5 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road)
London SE11 4TH

Support groups

Parent peer support group

When: third Monday of every month, 10am-12.30pm

Where: Mary Sheridan Centre

Call 020 3049 5993 for more information.

Welfare support drop-in sessions

When: fourth Friday of every month

Where: Evelina London Children's Hospital

Call Richard Conway on 020 3049 5993 for more information.