Test Repertoire (Blood Bank)

  • Blood grouping. 
  • Red cell antibody screening and antibody identification. 
  • Red cell phenotopying. 
  • Compatibility testing. 
  • Direct antiglobulin test. 
  • Kleihauer (estimation of foetal-maternal Haemorrhage). 
  • ABO Titres


The Blood Transfusion department will refer samples to the NHS Blood and Transplant Reference (NHSBT) Laboratories for the following tests:
  • Platelet Immunology
  • Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia screen (H.I.T)

Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (H&I)
NHSBT, Filton,
North Bristol Park
BS34 7QH

Additional information relating to the latest guidelines for HIT can be viewed by clicking on the link: www.bcshguidelines.com/documents/hit_2205_2006.pdf

  • HLA and Tissue typing

Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (H&I)
NHSBT, Birmingham
Vincent Drive
West Midlands
B15 2SG

  • Complex antibody identification and complex crossmatches
  • Donath Landsteiner screening test

Red Cell Immunohaematology (RCI)
NHSBT Birmingham
Vincent Drive
West Midlands
B15 2SG

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The laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital form part of the services provided by University Hospitals Birmingham and are UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited to the ISO 15189:2012 standard. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the UKAS website using the following link: https://www.ukas.com/find-an-organisation/

  • Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital pathology laboratories are a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8217
  • United Kingdom Health Security Agency laboratory is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8213

Tests not appearing on the UKAS Schedule of Accreditation currently remain outside of our scope of accreditation. However, these tests have been validated to the same high standard as accredited tests and are performed by the same trained and competent staff.

For further test information, please visit the test database: http://www.heftpathology.com/frontpage/test-database.html.

Protection of personal information - Laboratory Medicine comply with the Trust Data Protection policy and have procedures in place to allow the Directorate and its employees to comply with the Data Protection act  1998 and associated best practice and guidance.

For further information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235