Haematology and Transfusion

Haematology and Transfusion services (last updated 3 Jul 2014)

A full range of haematology services is offered to the entire population of the MTW Trust and to the Primary Care Trusts in Kent and Sussex that have service agreements with the hospital Trust.

MTW Turnaround times and repertoire Kent and Medway Pathology Network Haematology/Transfusion Turnaround times

Thrombophilia Testing

Transfusion repertoire (for hospital users only)

Normal Ranges

 

Specimen requirements

Collecting a blood sample

Limited service repertoire

On Call requesting protocols

Referral hospital details  

If you have any questions or queries about new services please contact the laboratory

Useful Links

Labtestsonline - a public site that explains Pathology tests for patients

The National Blood Service website – if you wish to donate blood

NHS Direct - a public site that provides information and advice about health, illness and health services.

Haematology Limited Service

 
Discipline Tests offered Will process Tests not offered
Haematology (all sites)
  • Full Blood Counts
  • ESR
  • Routine Coagulation
  • D-Dimer
  • Samples form A/E, ITU and Theatres
  • Limited routine ward and GP samples where results cannot wait until next routine period
  • B12 & folate
  • Blood films (except ?malaria or ?new leukaemia)
  • Glandular fever
  • Rheumatoid factor
  • Special clotting
  • Thrombophilia
Transfusion     routine antenatal screens

Haematology Out of Hours Emergency service

Tests offered Will process Tests not offered

Full Blood Counts

Coagulation screens

  • Samples form A/E, ITU and Theatres
  • Limited routine ward and GP samples where results cannot wait until next routine period
  • B12 & folate
  • Blood films (except ?malaria or ?new leukaemia)
  • Glandular fever
  • Rheumatoid factor
  • Special clotting
  • Thrombophilia

A& E Coagulation Screen Protocol during On-Call Hours

This protocol has been agreed with the clinical director and consultant in A&E.

Coagulation Screen requests will only be done in the following circumstances:

 
  • patient on Warfarin
 
  • a known bleeding disorder
 
  • suspected liver disease or abnormal liver function
 
  • suspected sepsis
 
  • suspected DIC
 
  • acute obstetric events (should the patient arrive via A&E)

Exceptions to the above are made if requests are made from the consultant in charge of the patient or the consultant haematologist.

Transfusion Urgent and Out of Hours Requests

Urgent Requests are defined as those essential for the immediate management of the patient. Outside routine working hours, the On-Call Haematology BMS can be contacted.