Non blood body fluid cell counts

Cell counts on body fluids are performed to identify the presence of white blood cells or cells that should not be present e.g. metastatic disease. Counts may be performed on synovial, ascitic, pericardial or pleural fluids.
Sample type and Volume required: 
Synovial, ascetic, pericardial or pleural fluid
Turnaround time: 
1 day
Special sample instructions: 

Due to risk of infection only samples in closed system will be processed, i.e. samples must be collected in an adult EDTA tube.

Storage and transport: 
Blood Sciences Department-Guy's And St Thomas' Hospital
Result Query: 020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Contact: 020 7188 9247

Guy's Hospital
Southwark Wing - 4th Floor
Great Maze Pond
London SE1 9RT
Contact: 020 7188 4781
Haematology Laboratory at Guy's and St Thomas' Clinical Advisory Service
Routine hours: bleep 1358
Paediatrics Routine hours: bleep 1621

Out of hours, weekend and bank holidays: 17:00-9:00 bleep 0294
For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 07/08/2015