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Haematology is the study of blood. This page gives information about our study of people's blood in our labratories.

What we do

Among various other measurements, the FBC primarily consists of a haemoglobin level, platelet count and white blood cell count.

Should further investigation be required, a blood film is prepared and stained using special dyes. Analysis can then be carried out using light microscopy.

Other tests carried out in this laboratory include:

  • Reticulocyte count
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
  • Glandular fever screening test (GFST)
  • Sickledex
  • Malarial Parasites

The Sickledex test is used to screen for Sickle Cell Anaemia wih confirmatory testing provided by our Haemoglobinopathy laboratory at The Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust.

A screening test and preliminary blood film examination for malarial parasites will also be carried out if this is suspected. Samples are then forwarded to The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine for further investigation.

Contact us

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. You can email the Haematology Team here.