Haemoglobin H Bodies

The identification of Haemoglobin H Bodies by supravital staining in the indication of HbH disease. Positive results will be confirmed by alpha genotyping.
Clinical details: 
Haemoglobin H disease, alpha thalassaemia
Reference range: 


Synonyms or keywords: 
HBH, HbH inclusions, alpha thalasaemia
Sample type and Volume required: 
Whole Blood
Turnaround time: 
1 day
Special sample instructions: 

Sample needs to be less than 24hours old

Storage and transport: 
Special Haematology Department at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital
St Thomas’ Hospital
5th Floor - North Wing
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Telephone - 0207 188 8189

Guy’s Hospital
4th Floor - Southwark Wing
Great Maze Pond
London SE1 9RT
Telephone - 020 7188 3421

Red Cell Laboratory at Guy's and St Thomas' Clinical Advisory Service
Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00 (adult):
jo.howard@gstt.nhs.uk, rachel.kesse-adu@gstt.nhs.uk and Kate.Gardner1@gstt.nhs.uk
Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00 (paediatric): baba.inusa@gstt.nhs.uk and Samah.Babiker@gstt.nhs.uk
Red Cell Laboratory at Guy's and St Thomas' Technical Advisory Service
Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00
For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 11/01/2021