The Centre

The Brent Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Centre offers a wide range of services to communities with, or ‘at risk’ of, Sickle Cell, Thalassaemia, G6PD, and other genetically inherited conditions of haemoglobin.

The Centre was the first to be established in the UK, in 1979, and was originally based in Willesden Hospital. It is an important part of the Haematology Department of London North West Healthcare NHS Trust and continues to play a major role in developing client sensitive, innovative, research-based services. This has earned the Centre a reputation as a leader in this specialist field.


Brent Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Centre
Central Middlesex Hospital
Acton Lane
NW10 7NS

Tel: 020 8453 2050

  • The Team:The Centre is staffed by a team of health and non healthcare professionals which includes doctors, specialist nurses, psychologists, social workers and administrative workers. These professionals all have a lot of experience, knowledge and skill in managing people with these conditions.

  • Services:The Centre is open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm. The nursing staff will be happy to answer questions, give information, offer a blood test, and give genetic and other forms of counselling on an appointment only basis if you are registered with a GP locally. Please contact the team on the above number to arrange an appointment.

  • Information: The Centre has a wide range of educational and health promotion resources; this includes leaflets, journal articles, reference books, videos, slides, posters, and patient-management guides for health and allied professionals.

  • Testing:Testing for Sickle Cell, Thalassaemia, and other unusual haemoglobin is available on an appointment only basis at the centre if you are registered with a GP locally. If you are not registered with a GP locally, please ask your GP to refer you to our centre for counselling and testing.

  • Genetic Counselling:This is offered to those tested and found to have any unusual haemoglobin, and to pregnant women and their partners who attend the local hospitals. All babies living in England are routinely tested for sickle cell so that care can be given early, to prevent complications NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia (SCT) Screening Programme .

  • Patient Support:Children and adults with Sickle Cell, Thalassaemia, or any other disease state are seen by the Centre’s team in the out-patient clinic, on the day care, on the wards whilst they are in hospital, at the Centre, or visited at home, if required. There is a support group run by a group of parents. They meet monthly and can be contacted through the Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Centre.

  • Education:To help raise population awareness staff at the Centre organize awareness campaigns, give talks, lectures and help with group discussion for lay groups as well as health and other professionals. These take place in schools, colleges, health clinics, universities, religious Centres, hospitals, homes, and social clubs.