Dr Vivienne E. Andrews 

TDL Blood Transfusion Lead

Spire Consultant Blood Transfusion Advisor

FRCPath

Location: TDL London, The Halo
Special interests: Clinical and laboratory haematology. Blood transfusion.

 

Dr Andrews trained at St. George’s, King’s College and Lewisham hospitals London. She was then appointed as the first Consultant Haematologist at Dartford and Gravesham, with three hospital sites. 

At Dartford and Gravesham, Dr Andrews established a clinical Haematology service, was responsible for in-patient, outpatient and single handed on-call services, and covered some of Microbiology in the absence of a Consultant Microbiologist.  She developed a specialised Haematology unit, including day care with Specialist nurses, and was also involved in setting up and management of the HIV unit. An excellent clinical assistant later joined and, when she had to retire, a retired Consultant Haematologist came to assist. It was many years until she had another part-time consultant colleague, who tragically died in post.

A major project was to centralise and consolidate the laboratories. The central laboratory was moved to Joyce Green hospital, then to Darent Valley when the PFI hospital was built. Extensive planning was involved in getting appropriate laboratory space and facilities; these have stood the test of time with the recent merger with Medway Maritime Trust. 

In 2003, Dr Andrews moved to the Medway Maritime Trust. The department expanded greatly over the years, being a Level 2+ service, very active in clinical trials and with close links to King’s College Haemato-oncology service. The dedicated ward and day-care unit eventually expanded into other oncology. Dr Andrews was Principal Investigator for many clinical trials, participating in many others, and was a supervisor for many junior doctors. There was a heavy clinical workload and, initially, on call was 1 in 2.

Other roles included:  

  • Designated Individual for the Human Tissue Act for three years, as there were no longer any Histopathologists on site.
  • Supporting the basic fertility service.
  • Laboratory and Blood Transfusion leads and finally seeing a Transfusion Practitioner appointed.
  • Haemophilia lead, including the establishment of a joint clinic with the Haemophilia centre at Canterbury.  
  • Some Paediatric Haematology in a clinic jointly with one of the Paediatricians.  
  • Chair of the Haematology subgroup of the regional pathology committee.

In 2013, Dr Andrews went part-time, doing a job share with one of the former registrars. In 2016, after 41 years, she retired from the NHS.

Her private practice was predominately at Chelsfield Park hospital and, latterly, the Private BMI laboratory at Blackheath. She gave up clinical practice in May 2019 while continuing her transfusion roles.