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Haematology & Immunology
Main department telephone no(s): Haematology Reception: 01473 703709
Transfusion: 01473 703726
Anticoagulant Monitoring Service: 01473 703228
Opening times: 9 am until 5.30 pm - Monday to Friday
9 am until 1 pm - Saturday
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Entrance 6 (Entrance 2 on Saturdays)
Haematology is located in the main Pathology department in the central (yellow) zone. View hospital map. 
Overview: The Haematology Department (including Transfusion and Immunology) is located within the Pathology Laboratory and provides a wide range of diagnostic blood tests and services. The technical and scientific service is provided by state-registered Biomedical Scientists and supported by Medical Laboratory Assistants. The department is involved in Transfusion training across the Trust and in the induction of new staff. The department has nurse specialists in Transfusion and the Anticoagulant Monitoring Service.  Clinical advice is provided by Consultant Haematologists for general Haematology, Transfusion, Coagulation disorders and Thrombophilia.

Haematology is accredited by Clinical Pathology Accreditation and Transfusion is also MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority) compliant to provide a quality and timely diagnostic and advisory service to patients in the Trust and local community.
Services provided: The Haematology department routinely performs the following tests and the majority of results are available the day of sample receipt.

Full Blood Count (FBC)
The full blood count is a routine investigation that gives information on a person’s blood cells. This can be useful as a screening test in many different situations, for example white blood cell (WBC) count can indicate a response to infection and Haemoglobin (Hb) can indicate anaemia.

Reticulocyte Count
The reticulocyte count is a measure of the number of immature red blood cells circulating in the blood. This can give an indication of a response to treatment for anaemia.

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)
The erythrocyte sedimentation rate is a non-specific blood test and can be raised in a variety of conditions but is not usually diagnostic on its own. It is used as a screening test for general health.

Blood film examination
Depending on the FBC results, a blood film may be prepared and stained for microscopic examination by biomedical scientists. Any films requiring a clinical interpretation will be referred to a consultant haematologist for further comment.

Clotting screen
The clotting screen is a group of tests designed to detect possible problems with a person’s blood coagulation / clotting mechanism. These tests can indicate if a person has a tendency to bleed.

International Normalised Ratio (INR)
The International Normalised Ratio is a test used to monitor a person’s coagulation / clotting mechanism when on the anticoagulant drug Warfarin. Warfarin may be prescribed for a number of conditions including DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and AF (atrial fibrillation).

IM Test (PB)
The test for infectious mononucleosis, otherwise known as glandular fever. This is also sometimes known as a Paul Bunnell (PB) test.

Antenatal haemoglobinopathy screening
The department performs screening for unusual haemoglobins – particularly in antenatal patients. Patients at risk of a ‘haemoglobinopathy’ will receive information at antenatal booking.

Bone marrow
Bone marrow examination to aid diagnosis of haematological disorders is performed by consultant haematologists.

Group and Screen
The group and screen is performed in Transfusion  and is used to identify a person’s blood group and antibody profile. This is useful for patients who may require a blood transfusion.

Compatibility Testing
Compatibility testing (or cross match) of blood for transfusion is performed by biomedical scietists in Transfusion. A system is in place to ensure that all blood transfusions have full traceability from the donor to the recipient.