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Haematology

Our Haematology service is involved in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with disorders of the blood and bone marrow, such as: sickle cell disease, anaemia, leukaemia and related blood cancers, clotting disorders and bleeding problems such as haemophilia.

Our state of the art technology in Haematology enables measurement of :

  • Full blood counts
  • Reticulocyte Count
  • Monocyte distribution widths (MDW) for the identification of sepsis

Other routine investigations include:

  • Blood Film Examination
  • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)
  • Infectious Mononucleosis (I.M) also known as a Paul Bunnell (PB)  test

Specialist haematology

Haemostasis

Our haemostasis serviceoffers a comprehensive service for the diagnosis and management of haemophilia and thrombophilia. Routine testing includes:

  • Clotting Screen
  • D-Dimers
  • International Normalised Ratio (INR)

More specialised factor assays including those for the monitoring of various anticoagulant therapies.

Haemoglobinopathy screening and investigations

The Haemoglobinopathy service focuses on the identification of disorders of haemoglobin production such as sickle cell disease, thalassaemia and other haemoglobin variants.

Cell markers/immunophenotyping

We can test for cell markers using blood samples and bone marrow tests to distinguish between different cell types. We offer flow cytometry, which tests blood samples for cancerous cells and a wide range of non-malignant haematological conditions.

Latest news

May 16, 2022

Point of Care Testing (POCT) at St George’s gets first UKAS accreditation

Last month, the SWLP POCT team received the exciting news that after two years of hard work, the blood gas and glucose meter service at St George’s was given full UKAS accreditation. It is the largest and most complex POCT service in the country to receive full accreditation, which proved challenging for both the POCT […]

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May 4, 2022

SWLP Point of Care Testing Team runs first community diagnostic outreach clinic

South West London CCG ran their first diagnostic outreach clinic in the community supported by our Point of Care Testing (POCT) team testing at-risk groups for diabetes. The clinic was run at a Shree Ghanapathy Temple in Wandsworth where 34 members of the community were tested. Of that 34, 32 had abnormal results and two […]

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April 5, 2022

Reducing blood product wastage at Croydon Hospital

The team in Blood Transfusion at Croydon Hospital have been working hard to reduce wastage of blood products. They have been doing this by reassessing the holding stock levels, rotation of stock and usage of short-dated units. Procedural changes were put in place in December 2020 and there has already been a significant reduction in […]

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March 23, 2022

Pledia FIT testing system goes live in Microbiology

The Pledia Faecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) system has now gone live in Microbiology. The new analyser can process 320 samples in an hour and 200 samples can be loaded at one time.

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