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Buku Haematology is an App on Apple and Android AppStores which answers the commonest questions which junior doctors, consultants, nurses, GPs and physician associates ask of on-call haematologists.

The idea came from experience of answering the on-call phone as a new registrar and noting that many of the questions were similar or the same, as was the advice.

Buku is a Chichewa word for Book or reference. Chichewa is a language spoken in Malawi where Steve travels every year to support a pathology project.

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As time becomes more precious in a busy working environment, any systems that can improve efficiency are beneficial, and from this the idea of the App was conceived. An App offers a home for concise and clinically relevant advice, in an easy to access format.

The App covers different topic areas including ‘highs and lows’, coagulation, transfusion and workups.

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It aims to reduce the waiting times for clinicians seeking the advice of a haematologist, and also reduce calls to the haematology on-call team as calls can distract from other tasks such as chemotherapy prescribing or difficult communication.