Haematology Laboratory at King's College Hospital
Our laboratory provides the largest service in the SE Thames region for haematological malignancies, transplantation, red cell disorders, transfusion medicine and coagulation.
We have an extensive referrals base encompassing not only London and SE England but also nationwide and international.
We accept general haematology referrals from other consultants at King's and local General Practitioners. King's provides services to a local catchment area with an ethnically diverse population of 220,000, resulting in a large workload of routine clinical and laboratory haematology.
- We are recognised as a centre of excellence for haematological malignancies, including myelodysplastic syndrome, acute myeloid leukaemia, chronic myeloid leukaemia and lymphoma.
- We run one of the largest haemoglobinopathy services in the UK.
- We provide services for complex medical and haematological problems.
- In an average month, the laboratory undertakes over 8,000 coagulation screens, 2,000 sickle cell and thalassaemia screens, 1,300 cross matches, 100 cytogenetic studies, 500 immunophenotypes and 50 red cell enzyme studies.
- The department participates in quality assurance schemes including the UK NEQAS schemes (http://kingspath.co.uk/quality/) for blood group serology, immunophenotyping, haemoglobinopathies, thrombophilia and blood coagulation, cytogenetics, haemophilia, Factor V Leiden/prothrombin genetic analyses
- The adult full blood count reference haematological ranges are based on an internal study carried out in December 2007 using samples from the local population.
- The paediatric full blood count reference haematological ranges are based on the work carried out by Barbara Bain.