Blood transfusion team
All contacts are based at East Surrey Hospital unless otherwise noted
Dr E O’Donovan
Consultant Lead Blood Transfusion
Mrs Rashmi Rook
Lead Biomedical Scientist
Mr Simon Goodwin
Specialist Practitioner in Transfusion
Requests for Blood Products and Results Laboratory
Pink top 6ml EDTA venous blood for following tests:
- Group & Screen
- Crossmatching Antenatal group, screening and antibody quantitation/ titres
- Kleihauer test
- HLA typing
- HFEG typing
Blood bank specific request forms must be used for requesting tests.
Forms must be fully completed including the requesting area, clinician, contact details, and signature.
Clinical details / surgical procedure must be provided.
Any special blood requirements must be provided and the lab informed by telephone.
If you wish to convert a group and screen to a cross match, please phone the laboratory on ext 6459 during core hours (09:00- 20:00 Mon-Fri). Outside of these hours please bleep 554.
Allow one clear working day for elective cross-matching. Cross-matched blood is routinely returned to stock at 08:00hrs two days after the date required.
Group & screen samples are kept for 7 days from date of collection, however the issue of red cells against a G&S sample is dependent on recent transfusion history (see table 1 below)
|Patient||Whole blood (EDTA) sample stored 2-8°C|
|Transfused or pregnant in last 3 months||Up to 3 days *|
|NOT transfused or pregnant in last 3 months||Up to 7 days|
|* time between sample being taken and subsequent transfusion|
Unconscious patient in Emergency Department
Request and specimen bottle must have an NHS or MRN number along with the gender, and approximate age of the patient.
Other blood products
|FRESH FROZEN PLASMA (FFP)|
|HUMAN ALBUMIN SOLUTIONS(HAS)|
|NOVOSEVEN||Only available via Haematology Consultant approval|
|TEST||Specimen bottle/ sample||Min Vol||Results Available (TAT)||Comments & Factors affecting results|
|Group & screen||Pink top 6ml EDTA||6ml||4hrs||Samples may take longer to process if antibody investigation is required|
|Routine Crossmatch||Pink top 6ml EDTA||6ml||4hrs||If patient has special blood requirements this may take up to 3 days.|
|Group compatible, un-crossmatched blood||Pink top 6ml EDTA||6ml||20 minutes|
|Antenatal G&S||Pink top 6ml EDTA||6ml||24hrs||Blood grouping and antibody screening should be undertaken on all pregnant women at|
booking and again at 28 weeks gestation.
If a hospital number is not available provide first line of patients address on both the Request Form and Sample
|HLA typing disease association (ie B27, HFEG)||Pink top 6ml EDTA||6ml||Referred test : 21 days||Referred testing, performed by the NHSBT|
|HLA Typing for Transplantation||Pink top 6ml EDTA||6ml||Referred test : 21 days||Referred testing, performed by the NHSBT|
|Platelet & Granulocyte serology||Contact lab||Contact lab||Referred test:14 days||Referred testing, performed by the NHSBT. Please consult with the Blood Transfusion Dept./Haematology Consultant before submission|
|Kleihauer Test||Pink top 6ml EDTA||5ml||24hrs|
|Baby Group & DAT||Pink top 2ml EDTA||1ml||4hrs|
|DAT||Pink top 6ml EDTA||2ml||6hrs|