Newcastle Laboratories

Blood Transfusion

The Blood Transfusion laboratory is committed to providing a range of specialist services looking at the antigens and antibodies to the many different human blood group systems. We can provide both standard and highly specialised blood and blood components to meet the diverse requirements of patients and will do so in a timely manner. We have a close relationship with our clinical colleagues providing education and competency assessment on a range of transfusion topics.

The department is MHRA compliant. We retain our full CPA accreditation status until we are assessed by UKAS against ISO15189 standard which is awaited. The laboratory participates in all relevant Quality Assurance schemes.

The section is open: 24/7 365days.

Our testing repertoire includes:

ABO and RhD grouping,
Antibody screening and identification,
Neonatal sample testing,
Compatibility testing including serological and electronic issue,
Antigen identification,
Ante Natal serology (including anti-D prophylaxis),
Kleihauer testing,
Isohaemagglutinins,
Cold Agglutinin Test,
Donath Landsteiner Investigation,
Direct Antiglobulin Test (DAT) ,
Preparation and distribution of blood and blood products (Red Cells, Platelets, Fresh Frozen Plasma, Cryoprecipitate, Human Albumin solution and many more).