Platelets

Sample type and Volume required: 
6ml EDTA for Blood Group and Antibody screen if not already known by the laboratory
Call in advance: 
Platelets must be stored 18-24°C and kept gently agitated. Collect from laboratory immediately before use together with a platelet giving set. Platelets are not stocked in the laboratory and any request must normally be made through the Clinical Haematologist. As all platelets are collected from the NHSBT at Colindale, North London, they are not immediately available. The journey takes at least 90 mins. In cases of massive bleeding or trauma laboratory staff can order up to two units directly. If quantities greater than this are thought to be required contact the consultant haematologist.
Storage and transport: 
Platelets must be stored 18-24°C and kept gently agitated. Collect from laboratory immediately before use together with a platelet giving set. Platelets are not stocked in the laboratory and any request must normally be made through the Clinical Haematologist. As all platelets are collected from the NHSBT at Colindale, North London, they are not immediately available. The journey takes at least 90 mins. In cases of massive bleeding or trauma laboratory staff can order up to two units directly. If quantities greater than this are thought to be required contact the consultant haematologist.
Contacts:
Blood Sciences at Bedford Hospital
CSR: 01234 355122 X 4811
Bedford Hospital
Kempston Road
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK42 9DJ


For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 07/08/2015