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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.

From April 6th we will be using the Sarstedt blood tube system - see the colour coded conversion chart.

 

Test Specimen requirements Urgent results available (from time of receipt in lab) Non-urgent results available (from time of receipt in lab) Reports available
Full blood count and automated differential

1 x 4ml purple cap EDTA

[1x 2ml EDTA - paediatric sample]

[1x 0.5ml EDTA - paediatric sample]

1hr

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

by arrangement

24 hr

24hr

Reticulocyte count

Any of the above

(from FBC sample)

1hr

4hr

24hr

Erthrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)

1x 4ml purple cap EDTA

(1x 2ml EDTA - paediatric)

(from FBC sample)

1.5hr

4hr

24hr
Screening test for glandular fever

1 x 4ml Dark Purple

(from FBC sample)

30 min

Same day

24hr
CSF 1ml sample in plastic universal

2hr

6hr

24hr

Bone marrow report (call the lab on 0161 276 64030) 4 slides + 1 x 3 ml EDTA

by arrangement

7 days

7 days

Cell cytochemistry 10 slides - by arrangement

4 - 6hr

24hr

7 days

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

N/A

24hr
Plasma Viscosity

1 x 4ml purple cap EDTA

[1x 2ml EDTA - paediatric sample]

1hr

8hr

24hr