The Haematology and Blood Transfusion service at St George’s Hospital are now part of South West London Pathology, an NHS partnership set up by St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Croydon Health Services NHS Trust to provide a single, integrated pathology service across South West London and beyond.
For more information about South West London Pathology visit the website www.swlpath.nhs.uk
South West London Pathology
Most pathology services are provided from the main ‘hub’ laboratory based at St George’s with ‘spoke’ Clinical Blood Science laboratories at the other hospital sites (Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Croydon Health Services NHS Trust). This ensures that essential clinical services such as A&E, theatres and obstetrics continue to receive the same level of pathology support. It also enables local knowledge and clinical expertise to be retained within each Trust, but the whole partnership benefits from the larger scale and improved technology that can be provided through the establishment of a ‘hub’ laboratory.
Services included in South West London Pathology
The partnership officially started on 1 April 2014 and the following services are included:
- Cellular Pathology – Cytology, Histology
- Medical Microbiology
- Clinical Blood Sciences – Haematology, Blood Transfusion, Protein Reference Unit and Immunology, Biochemistry
Haematology and Blood Transfusion service currently at St George’s
The Haematology and blood transfusion service forms part of the Clinical Blood Sciences laboratory. This modern, state-of-the-art laboratory is open for a complete range of tests 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
- Diagnostic haematology performs full blood counts and related tests to aid diagnosis and treatment of blood cell and platelet disorders. Additional tests are carried to identify specific disorders e.g. infectious mononucleosis and immune cytopenias. Bone marrow aspirates are performed and reported. Disorders of blood production e.g. leukaemia, myeloproliferative diseases, are diagnosed referred to specialist haematologists for treatment including bone marrow transplant. There is an internationally renowned Aplastic Anaemia Service.
- Haemostasis performs coagulation screens pre-operatively and to investigate abnormal bleeding and initiates, monitors and controls anticoagulant therapy. There is a regional service for diagnosis and management of haemophilia and thrombophilia.
- Blood Transfusion stores and provides blood products on completion of appropriate pre-transfusion testing. Ante-natal anti D is issued in line with current guidelines. Hospital staff training in blood transfusion is co-ordinated and supervised.
- Leukaemia Diagnosis provides the regional service for diagnosis of leukaemia, lymphoma and immune monitoring using a number of specialist techniques.
- Haemoglobinopathy Screening identifies disorders of haemoglobin production e.g. sickle-cell disease and thalassemia. Ante-natal testing to identify those at risk of severe genetic disease is carried out and referral made for counselling as appropriate
Haematology 020 8725 5468 / 5470