The Blood Sciences department incorporates the Haematology, Immunology and Chemical Pathology laboratories. It provides a comprehensive routine and emergency out-of-hours diagnostic Blood Sciences service.
The Haematology Department’s main test is the Full Blood Count (FBC) whereby normal and abnormal cell populations are enumerated to assist in the diagnosis and monitoring of certain disorders. They also perform a screen for some inflammatory conditions and for Glandular Fever. Plasma is tested for a range of coagulation tests associated with bleeding or thrombosis or to monitor patients taking anticoagulants (e.g. warfarin). More specialised testing is used to look for rarer conditions such as Sickle cell or Thalassaemia and to monitor patients treated for HIV infection. Most testing uses complex automated equipment, although some manual testing takes place to look for certain cell types such as Malaria.
Monday - Friday: 9am-5.30pm
All other times (including Bank Holidays): Out of hours service
The Blood Bank/Haematology Biomedical Scientist on-call can be contacted via telephone number 01709 424236 or the hospital switchboard 01709 820000.
The Consultant Haematologists are available via the hospital switchboard 01709 820000 and radio pagers – ask for the clinical haematologist on-call. The Haematologists are available 24/7 to offer clinical advice and interpretation of results.
Consultant Haematologist and Head of Department: 01709 424188
Consultant Haematologist: 01709 427419
Consultant Haematologist: 01709 427314
Secretaries can be contacted on: 01709 427119
Scientific and technical staff:
Integrated Blood Sciences Manager: 01709 427621
Lead BMS and Deputy Blood Sciences Manager Haematology: 01709 424236
For Clinical Haematology documents
please see the departmental Hub page here. Please note this link will not work
outside of the Hospital.
Information about all
of our tests and services provided can be found in the departmental user
The content of this page was last updated: Wednesday 31 March 2021 by Dan Firth.