We provide a diagnostic Haematology laboratory service, as well as a transfusion service to the hospital, to GPs and to the wider Primary Care Trust, processing around 350,000 tests last year.
Core service hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:20
An on-call service covers all other times, including bank holidays and weekends, when the on-call scientist can be contacted by the hospital switchboard.
- Routine Haematology – to screen and then further diagnose and monitor anaemia and other blood cell abnormalities, such as Leukaemia.
- Coagulation (blood clotting ) – to assess for abnormalities, as well as to monitor patients on Anti-coagulants such as Warfarin.
- Haemoglobinopathy investigation – screening for variant haemoglobins such as Sickle haemoglobin or Thalassaemia.
- Malaria - screening and identification of Malaria species and other blood parasites.
- Tranfusion - to perform blood groups and antibody screens, identifying any blood group antibodies detected, and then where necessary to provide suitably matched blood and blood products for the patient.
The department participates in the National External Quality Assessment Scheme for (NEQAS) for all of the various tests and we were awarded ‘Conditional Approval’ status by Clinical Pathology Accreditation UK in September 2007.
We are an active part of the Kent and Medway Pathology Network, working closely with our colleagues from East Kent, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and the Medway Maritime Hospital.