Sickle Cell Disease
Established in 1995, UAB’s Adult Sickle Cell Clinic delivers the full spectrum of care for this chronic blood disease, helping improve the quality of life for patients by providing early intervention for preventable problems and reducing inpatient stays by promoting outpatient care. The clinic is held on Fridays from 8 am to 5 pm in the Hematology/Oncology Division of the Department of Medicine, located on the second floor of The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, though patients also are seen and evaluated throughout the week as needed. The clinic features 27 exam rooms, including one with a hospital bed, while the adjacent Infusion Therapy Unit provides 3 beds and 24 recliners for patients receiving blood transfusions, exchanges, and phlebotomies.The patients selected to transition from Children’s of Alabama to the UAB Adult Sickle Cell Clinic are those whose disease requires the continuing care of a hematologist. A transition team – including a physician and a social worker – meets regularly to develop plans and a timeline for patients who will be transitioned to the adult clinic. The UAB Medicine faculty members who work with our sickle cell programs routinely speak to various patient groups throughout Jefferson and surrounding counties, using these opportunities to educate patients on treatment options and ongoing research studies. In addition, UAB is actively involved in researching new therapies and potential cures for sickle cell disease.
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for sickle cell disease. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.View Clinical Trials