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Haematinics tests

Here is a list of the haematinics 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 or information, call 0161 276 4689 or 64803.

(Blood volume and red cell survival in vivo radioisotope studies are carried out by the Department of Nuclear Medicine. Call 0161 276 4820 to arrange in vivo studies.)

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
Serum and red cell folate

1 x 4ml purple cap EDTA

1 x 7 ml red cap clotted
N/A 3 working days 5 days
Serum vitamin B12 1 x 7 ml clotted

N/A

3 working days 5 days

Serum ferritin

1 x 7 ml clotted

N/A

3 working days

5 days

Serum intrinsic factor antibodies (carried out on patients with a low B12 level - less than 120ng/l)

1 x 7 ml clotted

N/A

5 working days 7 days
Erythropoietin (EPO) 1 x 7 ml clotted

N/A

5 working days 7 days

Haemochromatosis

C282Y, H63D and S65C genotyping

(contact Molecular Diagnostics Centre for more information)
Blue cap vacutainer - <3 weeks

<3 weeks

Zinc Protoporphyrin (ZPP)

Paediatric only
1 x 4ml purple cap EDTA

N/A

3 working days

5 days