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Haematology and Blood Transfusion

Haematology and Blood Transfusion

Referral Process

GP referral by E-RS only. 

GP guidance/advice by telephone or letter faxed to Haematology Secretary.

Patient Information Leaflets

Haematology and Blood Transfusion, located in the Pathology block of the hospital, offers a high-quality analytical service to clinicians based at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital and in the surrounding area. The laboratory is fully CPA accredited, and offers clinical guidance and advice. For a list of investigations offered by the department, please visit the Tests Repertoire pages.

Opening Hours:
9am to 5pm - Outside these hours, for urgent requests, please contact the on-call BMS on bleep 555

Clinics

- General Haematology (new and follow-up)
- 2 week wait cancer clinic (including Choose and Book)
- Joint Oncology Clinic (lymphoma/myeloma) with Professor P Hoskin
- Bone marrow biopsy clinic
- Anticoagulant
- Thrombosis Clinic
- Haemostasis
- Obstetric Haematology
- Paediatric Haematology (shared with Consultant Paediatrician – Dr Toyin Lythe)

Procedures Provided

The department provides its users with a huge range of tests. The most common include:

  • Full Blood Counts (FBC)
  • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) 
  • Sickle screening  
  • Glandular Fever screening 
  • Malarial parasite screening   
  • Blood Film reviews 
  • Routine clotting screens  
  • INR (warfarin monitoring) 
  • APTT ratios (heparin monitoring)
  • Haemostatic investigations e.g. thrombophilia screens, factor assays. Platelet function assays (by arrangement)
  • Haemoglobin electrophoresis  
  • Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) assays 
  • Special Haematology assays e.g pyruvate kinase, oxygen dissocation assays (by arrangement)
  • Cytogenetic investigations of haematological abnormalities including leukaemia and lymphoma (by arrangement)
  • Flow cytometry and cytochemisty for the identification of haematological abnormalities including leukaemia and lymphoma (by arrangement)
  • Lymphocyte subset counts (CD4, CD8 counts) (by arrangement)
  • Blood grouping, antibody screening and cross-matching of blood

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

Useful numbers/contacts - All staff can be contacted via switchboard

General Manager:
Kevin Nulty
Kevin.Nulty@ldh.nhs.uk
01582 497219

Results Enquiries:
01582 497218

Out of Hours: 
Bleep 555

Clinical Director:
Dr Danielle Freedman
Danielle.Freedman@ldh.nhs.uk

Chief BMS, Haematology:
Susanna Das Neves - 01582 718770

Chief BMS, Transfusion:
Charlotte Alford - 01582 49217
Fax - 01582 497388

Outpatients booking department:
01582 561385

Switchboard:
01582 491166