The haematology laboratory deals with the formation, composition, function and disease of the blood. Again due to the amount of samples being processed Sysmex XE2100 analysers and in coagulation the Diagnostica Stago STA R Evolution instruments convey meaningful results to medical officers.
Haematology receives an average of 14,000 specimens a week, and performs over 450,000 blood counts every year. These are processed by one of the five different sections within the department: routine haematology, blood transfusion, coagulation, immunology and molecular diagnostics. The laboratories work to nationally agreed standards as set out by CPA and the MHRA.
This section provides a comprehensive repertoire of tests for the diagnosis and monitoring of haematological disorders as well as monitoring certain drug regimes. The tests performed vary greatly from routine tests such as a full blood count, blood films and bone marrow samples, ESR measurements, malaria screening, cell counts on cerebral-spinal fluid, screening for glandular fever and red cell enzyme deficiencies; to more specialist tests, including the diagnosis and classification of leukaemia.