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Blood count tests

Here is a list of the blood count tests carried out by the Haematology department, together with specimen requirements and the estimated time it will take to produce a result.

The results availability times given here represent the time generally required to produce a result following receipt of the sample in the laboratory. Sample transport times are not included.

Where appropriate, if a result is required the same day samples must be received sufficiently early to allow completion of the test. Contact the lab if the test you require is not listed.

These tests are available during the normal working day. See a list of haematology tests available outside core working hours.

For further advice and information call the laboratory on 0161 276 64030 or 64032.

 

Test Specimen requirements Urgent results available (from time of receipt in lab) Non-urgent results available (from time of receipt in lab) Reports available Can be performed at Central site Can be performed at Trafford
Full blood count and automated differential

1 x 3.4ml red cap EDTA

[1x 2ml EDTA - paediatric sample]

[1x 0.5ml EDTA - paediatric sample]

1hr

4hr 24hr Yes Yes
Manual blood film (call the lab on 0161 276 64030) Any of the above specimen types

by arrangement

24 hr

24hr

Yes Yes
Reticulocyte count

Any of the above

(from FBC sample)

1hr

4hr

24hr

Yes Yes
Erthrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)

1x 3.4ml red cap EDTA (from FBC sample)

(1x 0.32ml black cap citric - paediatric only)

1.5hr

4hr

24hr Yes Yes
Screening test for glandular fever

1 x 3.4ml red cap EDTA

1x 1.2ml red cap EDTA - Paediatric sample

30 min

Same day

24hr Yes Yes
CSF 1ml in grey top anticoagulant free tube (available from lab - ext 64030)

2hr

6hr

24hr

Yes No
Bone marrow report (call the lab on 0161 276 64030) 4 slides + 1 x 3 ml EDTA

by arrangement

7 days

7 days

Yes Yes
Detection of malarial parasites (call the lab on 0161 276 64030) From full blood count specimen 2hr by arrangement

N/A

24hr Yes Yes
Plasma Viscosity

1 x 3.4ml red cap EDTA

[1x 2ml EDTA - paediatric sample]

1hr

8hr

24hr

Yes No