General Haematology tests

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The haematology laboratory forms part of the Haematology Cancer Diagnostic Pathway for Greater Manchester (HCDP), also known as the Haematological malignancy diagnostics service.

Guidelines to the availability of tests

The results availability times given here represent the time generally required to produce a result following receipt of the sample in the laboratory. Sample transport times are not included.

Where appropriate, if a result is required the same day samples must be received sufficiently early to allow completion of the test. Contact the lab if the test you require is not listed.

These tests are available during the normal working day. See a list of haematology tests available outside core working hours.

For further advice and information call the laboratory on 0161 276 64030 or 64032.

(Wythenshawe laboratory: Please note from 12.05.21 Only Sarstedt tubes will be in use, until then BD/Becton Dickinson sample collection tubes are used for adults and Sarstedt for paediatric patients. Please see Wythenshawe Pathology handbook for further details)

Test
(performed at ORC/Trafford/
Wythenshawe)
Specimen requirements Results available (from time of receipt in lab)
Urgent Non-urgent Reports available

Full blood count and automated differential

(ORC/T/W)

1 x 3.4ml red cap EDTA

[1x 1.8ml red cap EDTA – paediatric sample]

[1x 0.5ml EDTA – paediatric sample]

1hr 4hr 24hr

Manual blood film (call the lab on 0161 276 4030)

(ORC/T/W)

Any of the above specimen types by arrangement 24hr 24hr

Reticulocyte count including RetHe (diagnostic for renal patients) Research parameter ONLY

(ORC/T/W)

Any of the above

(from FBC sample)

1hr 4hr 24hr

Erthrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)

(ORC/T/W)

1x 3.4ml red cap EDTA (from FBC sample)

(1x 1.8ml red cap EDTA – paediatric)

1.5hr 4hr 24hr

Screening test for glandular fever

(ORC/T/W)

1 x 3.4ml red cap EDTA

1x 1.8ml red cap EDTA – Paediatric

30 min Same day 24hr

CSF

(ORC)

1ml in grey top anticoagulant free tube 2hr 6hr 24hr

Bone marrow report (call the lab on 0161 276 4030)

(ORC/T)

4 slides + 1 x 3 ml EDTA by arrangement 7 days 7 days

Detection of malarial parasites (call the lab on 0161 276 4030)

(ORC/T/W)

From full blood count specimen 2hr by arrangement N/A 24hr

Plasma Viscosity

(W – referred from ORC/T to Wythenshawe)

If urgent plasma viscosity required at ORC and TGH sites please contact the lab to arrange courier transport.

1 x 3.4ml red cap EDTA

[1x 1.8ml EDTA – paediatric]

2hr 24hr 24hr

 

(Last reviewed April 2021)