HMDS is a laboratory specialising in the diagnosis of haematological
malignancies which includes leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
The laboratory provides a comprehensive diagnostic service to the
Yorkshire Cancer Network and The Yorkshire Coast and the
Humber Cancer Network as well as receiving referrals from across the UK.
HMDS also acts as a diagnostic reference centre for many national and
international clinical trials.
HMDS was established in 1992 to bring together in one department all
of the laboratory techniques used to diagnose haematological malignancies.
It was recognised that integrating these technologies into a single
diagnostic process was the best way to ensure diagnostic accuracy and
ultimately optimal treatment of the patient. In the succeeding years
this approach has been strengthened by the rapid development of diagnostic
technology and is now regarded as the
national standard of care.
HMDS remains at the forefront of applying new diagnostic
techniques for the benefit of patients.
Staff at HMDS are involved in a range of research programme
and the department is a partner in the Centre for Haematological
Oncology at the University of York.