The Blood Count Laboratory is housed within the autolab facility
of the Clinical Sciences Centre.
The laboratory provides a 24-hour service, analysing specimens
from all hospitals located on the Central Manchester University
Hospitals site (Manchester Royal Infirmary, Saint Mary's Hospital,
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
and the University Dental Hospital) alongside specimens from
general practitioners and primary care trusts.
The laboratory is equipped with SYSMEX instrumentation for blood
count analysis, smear preparation and staining.
A stand-alone XE2100 analyser processes paediatric samples,
while three XE-5000 analysers are stationed on an HST system
along with an SP1000 slide maker and an automated ESR system
(InteRRLIner Vi-Tech scientific). These analysers are handling a
typical workload in excess of 1,300 analyses per day.
A percentage of the tests we do will be 'abnormal
blood counts' requiring further investigation and review by our
experienced biomedical scientists who examine and differentiate the
blood cells by microscopy.
The service has direct input from haematology clinical staff.
The laboratory also carries out screening for glandular fever and
The laboratory processes bone marrow specimens which are
examined under a microscope by the haematology clinical teams.
Bone marrow specimens are stained together with blood film
samples using Romanowsky dyes and then, where necessary, by various
The laboratory supports teaching and training of both laboratory
and medical staff in collaboration with Manchester universities and