Blood Transfusion Department

Blood Transfusion specialises in the testing of patients and supply of blood components and products and the specialist testing of obstetric patients.

The department runs the laboratory service for Blood transfusion in the pathology division at James Cook University Hospital supplying the Friarage Hospital as required.

We offer a full and comprehensive range of testing of patient samples and supply a wide range of blood components and products.

The laboratories work to legally required standards as set out in the Blood Safety and Quality Regulations and assessed by Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

The laboratories are UKAS accredited to the ISO15189:2012 standards for Medical laboratories.

Our accreditation is limited to those activities described on our UKAS schedule of accreditation found here.

James Cook University Hospital

The Blood Transfusion laboratory is based within the pathology department at The James Cook University Hospital. It is a purpose built laboratory opened in 2002. We are able to offer a wide range of basic and complex investigations including:

  • Blood grouping and red cell phenotyping
  • Red cell antibody screening, antibody identification and antibody titration
  • Foetal maternal haemorrhage screening and quantification
  • Supply of red blood cell components (via serological crossmatch or electronic issue)
  • Supply of platelet components
  • Supply of plasma components
  • Supply of batched blood products

The core laboratory working hours are 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday. An emergency service runs outside of these hours.

The laboratory maintains emergency supply of blood, including major haemorrhage packs, for patients requiring emergency transfusion

Consultant advice is available 24 hours a day-please contact via the hospital switchboard.

Friarage Hospital

The Haematology laboratory at the Friarage Hospital is based within the blood sciences department. It is a new purpose built laboratory opened in 2007. All tests are referred to the laboratory at The James Cook University Hospital. The laboratory maintains supplies of blood components and products that can be released as required and where components/products released by JCUH can be stored awaiting use.

The laboratory maintains emergency supply of blood, for patients requiring emergency transfusion

The core laboratory working hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. An emergency service runs without these hours.