Blood Bank

Preferred Sample Type

Abnormal antibody Investigation / X-Matching

Suitable Specimen Types

  • EDTA Whole Blood
3x 6mL

Abnormal antibody Investigation / X-Matching

General Information

Positive antibody screens are investigated locally in Blood Bank. Turnaround time 24 hours

Some samples may need referring to NHSBT for further investigation.

Turnaround Time 10 days

Please ensure when additional samples are requested for antibody investigation they are sent to Blood Bank as soon as possibble in order to allow any blood products to be available without unneccesary delay


Send to NHSBT Birmingham


  • EQA Scheme?: Yes
  • EQA Status: NEQAS

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:

  • 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:

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