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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

January 15, 2021

New research shows that previous Covid-19 infection offers up to 94% protection from reinfection

A study carried out by Microbiologists at St George’s Hospital, using test data from South West London Pathology (SWLP) laboratories, shows that patients with laboratory evidence of Covid-19 in the first wave of the pandemic were 94% protected against reinfection in the second wave.

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December 1, 2020

South West London Pathology launches new website

The new website offers a clear and simple navigation, a detailed test database with an easy-to-use search function and a consumables section which is linked to the test database, making it easy for users to find the type of container (test tubes, urine pots etc) that they need for specific tests.

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November 13, 2020

Pathology service update: processing of allergy samples

Due to staffing pressures at the Immunology laboratory at St George’s Hospital, it is anticipated that allergy blood tests will be processed with an extended turnaround time of up to three weeks. This is expected to last through November and December.

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November 12, 2020

SWLP to introduce Enhanced Liver Fibrosis (ELF™) Test

At the beginning of 2021, South West London Pathology (SWLP) will be introducing the Enhanced Liver Fibrosis (ELF™) Test from Siemens to our repertoire. The test can initially be requested by GPs in the borough of Wandsworth.

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