The department is UKAS accredited, MHRA compliant, meets current BCSH guidelines and participates in all relevant quality assurance schemes. The following tests are available: ABO and RhD grouping, antibody screening / identification, compatibility testing including serological crossmatch and electronic issue, neonatal sample testing, kleihauer testing and direct antiglobulin testing. In addition the department provides routine Ante Natal Anti-D prophylaxis ( RAADP).
Blood Transfusion Laboratory
Royal Derby Hospital
The transfusion department operates 24 hours for the receipt of samples.
Core times: 08.45am - 17.15pm, Monday to Friday, when all services are available.
|Monday||7am to 9pm|
|Tuesday||7am to 9pm|
|Wednesday||7am to 9pm|
|Thursday||7am to 9pm|
|Friday||7am to 9pm|
Outside of core hours, there is a limited service for analysis.
The combined laboratory at the Royal Derby Hospital is open 24 hours per day for the receipt of samples.
|What to include||If not included|
|A minimum of 4 patient identifiers.||
|Clinician and location for report.||Report Not Available
Without the correct originating source we cant allocate a destination for the report
|Complete forms fully and accurately.||Rejected Sample Or Compromised Diagnosis
Include as much patient information as possible
Failure to provide information may lead to unhelpful or inaccurate diagnosis
|Complete forms legibly.||Sample Incorrectly Registered
Illegible handwriting will not be interpreted. May result in errors or delays to results.
|Indicate the appropriate tests if applicable.
Use the correct carriers or sample bags.
|Samples May Not Receive Correct Examination
Sample may not reach the correct destination
May result in errors or delays to results
Routine samples can be transported via the pneumatic chute (222) or taken to Pathology reception on level 5.
In a massive haemorrhage situation a dedicated runner should transport urgent samples directly to the transfusion laboratory to reduce possible delays in providing suitable blood components.
Adult samples must be greater than 2 ml in volume and must not be stored for more than 24 hours at room temperature.