Blood transfusion laboratory

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).

Contact and find us


Blood Transfusion Laboratory
Floor 5
Royal Derby Hospital
Uttoxeter Road
DE22 8NE

Opening times

The transfusion department operates 24 hours for the receipt of samples.

Core times: 8.45am - 5.15pm, Monday to Friday, when all services are available.

Opening times

Core laboratory times

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. 

Request forms

How should I label a sample?

What to include If not included
A minimum of 4 patient identifiers.                                          

Rejected sample  
You will need to attend the lab to identify samples

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


Instruction for samples

Transportation of samples

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.

How to submit samples

Adult samples must be greater than 2 ml in volume and must not be stored for more than 24 hours at room temperature.