Blood Bank

Preferred Sample Type


Suitable Specimen Types

  • EDTA Whole Blood

Sample Processing in Laboratory

Turnaround Time

48 Hours

Sample Stability


General Information

A Kleihauer is performed to estimate feto-maternal haemorrhage (FMH). Anti-D will be issued to RhDNegative mums depending upon the degree of FMH. Anti-D should be administered within 72 hours of delivery. Samples exceeding a 2ml bleed will automatically be referred for FMH quantitation by flow cytometry in line with BCSH guidelines. See also FMH in Test Database.

Maternal samples should be sent in a 6ml EDTA. If post delivery Kleihauer, please ensure a cord sample in a 3ml EDTA and labelled with mum's forename, surname, maternal PID no. and DOB. The sample should be marked as CORD.

The maternal sample needs to be taken 40 minutes post-delivery, manual removal of the placenta or a sensitising event. Blood Bank can be contacted should you require further information.



None Given

Reference Range

None Given


  • 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