The combined laboratories offer a comprehensive range of
haematology and specialised transfusion testing within the
General haematology services are provided by the Department of
Laboratory Medicine and are available on site seven days a week.
Specialist transfusion tests are provided by the Transfusion
Laboratory, also known as the Blood Bank. The Transfusion
Laboratory is inspected regularly by external bodies including the
CPA and MHRA.
Some of the basic services we offer include:
Group and screen (also known as 'group and
When a correctly labelled sample has reached the Transfusion
Laboratory it will be tested to determine the patient's ABO and Rh
(D) blood group. An antibody screen will also be carried out to
detect any atypical antibodies (group and screen). The sample is
then kept in the Transfusion Laboratory for six days so that, if a
cross match is required, the group and save sample can be used.
A cross match request is made when blood is required for the
patient. There is no need to request a group and screen at the same
time when making this request. The patient's blood is tested to
determine the ABO and Rh D type, to detect red cell antibodies that
could haemolyse transfused red cells and to confirm compatibility
with each of the units of red cells to be transfused.
CMFT is a busy Trust managing the full spectrum of oncology and
haematology disorders in children, adolescents and adult patients
within a single hospital site. All subspecialty areas of interest
are catered for and there is an opportunity to obtain training in
paediatric and adult oncology in a multi-disciplinary
Both the Paediatric and Adult Oncology and Haematology
Department receive a large number of newly diagnosed children from
across the region.
The non-malignant haematology service has expanded and grown
since the move to the purpose-built hospital in 2009.
Paediatric in-patients are treated on Ward 84a which lies
adjacent to the Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit. Day case care is
provided by a dedicated Haematology Day Case Unit specifically for
Within the adult service, ward 44 provides in-patient care for
Adult Haematology patients and those who have or are about to
undergo a Bone Marrow Transplant. The Adult Hematology Day Unit is
next door to the ward providing day case care and treatment for
this patient group.
Ward 44, 84 and clinical haematology encompass services for the
investigation and treatment of hematological disorders. The major
categories/components are: leukaemias, lymphomas (including
Hodgkin's disease and multiple myeloma), haemoglobinopathies,
bleeding and thrombotic disorders, anticoagulation, nutritional
anaemias and various non malignant disorders, and transfusion
The clinical haematology case loads include both haematological
malignancy and non-malignant disorders. Haematological treatments
are protocol based and may include transfusion, chemotherapy,
peripheral blood stem cell and bone marrow transplantation.
Referral for radiotherapy may also be required for some