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Transfusion is when we replace someone's blood with new blood.
It also happens when someone has lost a lot of blood.
This page gives you more information about our Transfusion service.
What we do
Our Transfusion services rely on blood donations from the public. For more information on where, when and how to donate blood please follow the link to the NHS Blood and Transplant information pages
The Transfusion laboratory carries out blood grouping and red cell antibody screening and identification on patient samples. Cross-matched compatible blood can then be provided for patients who need blood replacement therapy, for instance those suffering from medical conditions such as leukaemia or anaemia.
Blood and blood components may be required for elective or emergency surgical procedures or for patients admitted to the Accident & Emergency department having suffered serious blood loss. The laboratory also works closely with the Bone Marrow Transplant and Haematology wards and the Haematology daycare unit at the Royal Liverpool Hospital site.
The Transfusion laboratory on the Broadgreen site provides blood and blood component support for patients being treated at the Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Foundation Trust. This site also issues
blood and platelets for patients requiring home transfusion by a specialist team of community nurses.
There is also a Transfusion laboratory situated on site at the Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust (LWH) which serves this specialist Obstetric and Gynaecology hospital. Routine ante-natal blood grouping and antibody testing is carried out at the laboratory on the Royal Liverpool site on patient samples sent from LWH.
The laboratories supply several blood components such as fresh frozen plasma, platelets, albumin solutions, prophylactic anti-D and clotting factor concentrates.
We recommend all users of our service consult this resource as a first resort but, if you can't find the information you are looking for, we also offer an e-mail service and aim to respond within 24 hours Monday-Friday.
The Transfusion laboratory has a vital link with the Trauma Team, a part of the Accident & Emergency department who have recently been designated as a Major Trauma Centre.
A member of laboratory staff carries a red 'Trauma bleep' 24 hours a day so that when notified of an impending trauma arrival, blood can be made available to the Trauma Team as soon as possible.
For more information on this regulatory body please follow the link to the blood pages on the MHRA website
Laboratory policies and procedures are based on guidelines published by The British Committee for Standards in Haematology (BCSH) website
The laboratory installed an electronic blood tracking computer system to ensure the right blood for the right patient and we are regularly inspected by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) as we have blood establishment status.