The Haematology, Blood Transfusion and Immunology department provides a high quality analytical service and clinical advice. We receive in excess of 519,000 specimens per year, on which we perform over 799,000 tests. The service is consultant-led with 70 medical, scientific and support staff and comprises four sections:
The routine Haematology service analyses samples, which includes the following:
The Coagulation service includes testing for basic coagulation screen.
The Andrology service includes semen testing.
The Blood Transfusion department offers:
Each year, we supply around 16,000 units of red blood cells, as well as platelets, plasma and other blood products, to patients at both the Royal Cornwall Hospitals and the Community Hospitals in Cornwall.
In the UK, we have rigorous regulations regarding blood donations and blood transfusions to minimise the risk of being given blood that is contaminated with a virus, or from an unsuitable blood group. Compared to other everyday risks, the likelihood of getting an infection from a blood transfusion is very low. All blood donors are unpaid volunteers and they’re very carefully selected and tested to make sure that the blood they donate is as safe as possible.
If you’re going to have a blood transfusion, we’ll ask you to wear an identification band with your details on to make sure you get the right transfusion. We’ll check this each time you receive a new bag of blood, and we’ll also ask you your full name and date of birth to double check.
If your doctor suggests you need a blood transfusion, you can find more information on the NHS Blood and Transplant website.
If you have recently had a transfusion and feel unwell, please read our patient information leaflet and get in touch with your doctor.
The immunology service based at Derriford offers testing to investigate disorders of the immune system, including: