Haematology

 

Useful telephone numbers

 

External

Internal

Combined Laboratory (results)

792401

52401

Blood Bank

792465

52465

Haematology Laboratory

792391

52391

Dr David Lewis

517615

57615

Dr Lewis, Secretary

432591

32591

Dr Hannah Hunter

431003

31003

Dr Hunter, Secretary

432591

32591

Dr Tim Nokes

431001

31001

Dr Nokes, Secretary

432595

32595

Professor Simon Rule

517504

57504

Professor Rule, Secretary

432595

32595

Dr Wayne Thomas

433117

33117

Dr Thomas, Secretary

430126

30126

Dr Patrick Medd

792393

52393

Dr Medd, Secretary

432595

32595

Dr Claire Hutchinson

432007

32007

Dr Hutchinson, Secretary

430126

30126

Dr Yin Thi

432729

32729

Dr Thi, Secretary

432594

32594

 

Introduction

The Haematology department is involved in the diagnosis and monitoring of conditions as diverse as anaemia, leukaemia, glandular fever and haemoglobinopathies. The department analyses approximately 1,800 full blood count samples daily using a state of the art, fully automated tracking system.

 

Blood film morphology is routinely performed for a variety of reasons and can be requested by contacting the laboratory on ext 52392. Samples need to be less than 24 hours old.

 

Haemoglobinopathy screening, for sickle cell and thalassaemia, is undertaken by using HPLC. Any variant haemoglobins detected are identified by electrophoresis. Samples may be referred to King’s College Hospital, London for thalassaemia genotyping or variant identification. The laboratory is also the starting point for red cell enzyme and red cell membrane investigations but please discuss any such requests first by making contact on ext 52392.

 

The laboratory section lead for haematology is Sharon Monk and can be contacted on ext 52392 or by emailing sharon.monk@nhs.net

 

Des Rogers is the laboratory lead for sickle cell, thalassaemia and other red cell related investigations. He can be contacted on ext 52392 or by emailing Desmond.Rogers@nhs.net.

 

 

Malaria screening 

In addition to time consuming thick and thin film review, an immunochromatographic antigenic test is used, which is particularly reliable for plasmodium falciparum.

All malaria requests are treated as urgent and the laboratory must be notified (ext.52392). Clearly indicate on the form details of foreign travel, symptoms, prophylaxis and date of return to the UK. Also provide a name of a requesting clinician, along with contact details, to enable positive cases to be reported without delay

 

Stem Cell Processing

The stem cell section within Derriford Combined Laboratory processes autologous and allogeneic stem cell harvests for fresh infusion or cryopreservation as therapy for South West Peninsula haematology patients. These patients are from the Royal Cornwall, Torbay, Exeter and Derriford Hospitals.

Peripheral blood, bone marrow and donor lymphocyte harvests are processed and stored by the DCL Biomedical Scientist team in an off-site clean room facility owned by Biovault Ltd.

Cells are quantified by in house blood counts and flow cytometry, and are also tested for viability and sterility. The SW Peninsula Transplant Service has a well-developed Quality Programme and the service is JACIE accredited.

The programme clinical director is Dr H Hunter. Enquiries can be directed to the stem cell lead Biomedical Scientist J Giles on Tel 0782 6892447.

Review Status

Reviewed September 2018 
This page will be updated December 2018

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