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The haematology laboratory forms part of the Haematology Cancer Diagnostic Pathway for Greater Manchester (HCDP). Also know as the Haematological malignancy diagnostics service (HMDS). For adult haemtaological cancer diagnosis and adult bone marrows refer to the HODS system for full sample requirements and clinical pathways.

Click on the link for further information. HCDP information

For adults CSF testing also follows this pathway. HCDP information

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.

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

Full blood count and automated differential


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)


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

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


Any of the above

(from FBC sample)

1hr 4hr 24hr

Erthrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)


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


1 x 3.4ml red cap EDTA

1x 1.8ml red cap EDTA – Paediatric

30 min Same day 24hr



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



Must be an early morning urine sample 24hrs 24hrs 24hrs

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


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

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


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

Heparin Induced thrombocytopenia (HIT test)

(W – referred from ORC/T/N to Wythenshawe)

1 x 4.9 ml brown top gel tube 1 day 1 days 1 days

Plasma Viscosity

(W – referred from ORC/T/N 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 January 2023)