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The Haematology and Transfusion service has laboratories on both Trust acute sites – at Maidstone Hospital and at Tunbridge Wells Hospital. We provide a comprehensive clinical service to the hospitals, the local Clinical Commissioning Group and the community. Some specialist investigations are provided through arrangements with specialised laboratories throughout the UK.

The majority of requests originating in primary care are transported directly to the main automated laboratory at Maidstone Hospital. The majority of inpatient and outpatient work is conducted on the originating site. There is 24 hour support, 365 days a year on both sites for urgent patient management.

The Haematology and Blood Transfusion laboratories are assessed by the National Pathology accreditation body United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) against ISO 15189:2012 standards.

Information about UKAS accredited repertoire scope.

Guidelines for investigation and management of Haematological disorders in Primary Care

The guidelines below have been written to provide guidance on investigating and managing haematological disorders in primary care. If your query is not answered by these guidelines please contact the on-call Haematologist via Kinesis. For all urgent queries please contact the on-call Haematologist via Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust switchboard on telephone 01622 729000.

Coagulation testing


Management of Venous Thromboses

Management of Raised Ferritin

Investigation of Cytopaenias

Red cell disorders

White cell disorders

Platelet disorders


Management of CLL and Paraproteins in the community

Haematology Reference Ranges, Critical Telephone Criteria

Transfusion services

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