Red Blood Cell Clinic Area


Toronto General Hospital (Directions)

7th Floor, Norman Urquhart (NU) Building​


Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm​


  • Phone: 416 340 4882
  • Fax: 416 340 4559 ​

What We Do

The Blood Disorders Program (Thrombosis & Hemostasis Clinic, General Hematology Clinic and Red Blood Cell Clinic) is dedicated to managing diseases of the blood and bone marrow.

The Red Blood Cell Disorders (RBCD) Clinic at the University Health Network (UHN) is dedicated to managing sickle cell disease, thalassemia and other red blood cell disorders (called 'hemoglobinopathies'). With the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto is home to the largest Sickle Cell and Thalassemia program in North America. The team at the RBCD Clinic believes in caring for the whole patient, and can support you with managing short-term and long-term effects of sickle cell disease, thalassemia and other rare anemias. The goal of the RBCD team is to improve the physical, psychological and social health of patients to enhance quality of life. ​The members of the RBCD Clinic team have experience in the management of iron overload. The team can also connect you to other specialists at UHN to help with pain management, blood transfusion and other complex health issues.

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The RBCD Clinic has started a Blog! Check out the RBCD Hub: An online space to connect about Sickle Cell Disease, Thalassemia, and other Red Blood Cell Disorders in Ontario.

The University Health Network has a Sickle Cell/Thalassemia Group. Learn more about the Sickle Cell/Thalassemia Group »

How to Get Referred

You need a referral from a physician to become a patient at the Red Blood Cell Clinic.

When making a referral, the physician will include:
  • Completed referral form
  • Clinical notes
  • Recent blood work
  • MRI/Ferriscan results (if available)
  • Surgical Procedure Notes (if applicable)
How Long Does a Referral Take?

Once the referral is accepted and triaged by the medical staff, a member of the Red Blood Cell Clinic administrative team will call you directly with an appointment. Please ensure that your contact information is up-to-date as we will also send you an itinerary with information on where to go for your appointment.

Referral Information for Physicians

Your doctor can get all the referral information they need in our guide for referring physicians.

What to Expect

​​Someone will call you to give you a time for your first appointment at the Red Blood Cell Clinic.

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          The Team

          ​​Treating and caring for people with red blood cell disorders takes a well-coordinated team. Your team at the Red Blood Cell Clinic includes world-class health care professionals working for you and with you. Your team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, dietitians, volunteers and many others dedicated to helping you and your family.​​



          Transferring from SickKids

          ​Want to learn about what happens when you graduate from SickKids? Want to get advice on how to prepare for adult care? This video can help!

          Find out about making the move from SickKids to Toronto General Hospital. Two recent graduates of SickKids' thalassemia and sickle cell clinics share their stories.

          In this video, Merna and Ryan get to know Toronto General Hospital's Red Blood Cell Disorders team. See what an adult clinic looks like so you know what to expect at your first appointment. ​

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          Last reviewed: 5/23/2023
          Last modified: 2/27/2024 10:00 AM
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