The Blood Transfusion department provides blood products for use in clinical emergencies and routine procedures. The Blood Transfusion department operates on both the York and Scarborough sites.
For general result and specimen enquiries, clinical advice and key contact details for the Blood Transfusion service: Click Here
We have a comprehensive repertoire of tests available and we can also arrange for specimens to be sent to other laboratories for measurements not performed at our York or Scarborough sites.
For Blood Transfusion test repertoire please locate the blue test information box at the top of this page.
Some tests are referred to other laboratories for investigation. The laboratory confirms UKAS status of all such laboratories. Our full list of referral sites for Blood Transfusion work is detailed below.
This below includes but is not all encompassing:
For information on Blood Components and Products: Click Here
Blood in transit boxes is available for all remote sites and for use on site if blood is expected to be outside of temperature control for more than 30 minutes. Please place a cool pack in the transit box. Temperature control will be maintained for up to 4 hours
Details of this important procedure may be found in York Hospital Transfusion Policy. To access this policy: Click Here
The importance of correct positive patient identification and sample labelling at the patient's side cannot be overstated. Each and every sample MUST be labelled with the last name, first name, date of birth and unique identifier of the patient. The unique identifier in the first instance should be the NHS Number. If this is not possible a hospital generated case number should be used. If an explanation of the requirements for completing a transfusion request form is required please: Click Here
Only staff trained in the procedure for electronically signing out products from the Blood Track Kiosk should remove blood from the issue blood fridge.
Blood may be returned to the Issue Blood Bank within 30 minutes of removal. Outside of this time please contact the laboratory Ext 5739 (York) or 2322 (Scarb) or out of hours bleep the duty haematologist.
This is available for any immediate requirements and is located on the top shelf of the Issue Blood Bank. The units must be scanned out using the electronic Blood Track Kiosk.
The laboratory MUST be informed via Extension 5739 (or Bleep number 842 out of normal working hours) for York and through switchboard for Scarborough via the haematology bleep out of hours and 2322 during the working day 9-5pm.
1. Patient details must be entered on the sheet attached to the bag.
2. The tag and sheet must be then detached and returned to the laboratory as soon as possible after the blood is used.
Web Page 58 last updated: 7th November 2017