Haematology Laboratory

What we do

The Haematology Laboratory is part of the Laboratory Medicine Directorate in St. James’s Hospital.  The department’s work involves the laboratory diagnosis, monitoring and therapy of haematological conditions such as leukaemia, anaemia and haemophilia. It is part of the LabMed Directorate, supports the National Adult Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Centre and the National Coagulation Centre (NCC) at St James’s hospital and provides a comprehensive blood testing service to the hospital and to general practitioners and hospitals nationwide. It is the largest such department in the Republic of Ireland and includes the Haematology Laboratory, Cryobiology Stem Cell Facility and Coagulation Laboratory .

For information in regard to the test repertoire offered, sample types required, reference ranges and test turnaround times, please see the LabMed User Guide

Critical Phone Limits for Haematology (PDF 21Kb)

Contact details

For all general queries and results, call Department Secretarial Office on 416 2943 / 416 2944, from 09.00 to 17.00

Routine Haematology and Coagulation Laboratory opening hours are from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and Saturday 9am to 1pm. Outside of these hours, please contact Haematology Medical Scientist on-call.

Postal Address Haematology Laboratory,
Central Pathology Laboratory (CPL) Building,
LabMed Directorate,
St James's Hospital,
Dublin 8

 

Title Name Phone Email 
Consultant Haematologist & Head of Department Dr Larry Bacon (01) 416 2166 lbacon@stjames.ie
Chief Medical Scientist  Richard McCafferty  (01) 416 2067  rmccafferty@stjames.ie 
Haematology Laboratory Registrar   (01) 416 2032  
Quality Co-ordinator and Senior Medical Scientist, Blood Cell Counting & Morphology Laboratory Ms Nora Kinsella (01) 410 3843 or 416 2333  
Senior Medical Scientist, Immunophenotyping & Haemoglobinopathy Laboratories Mr Dave O’Brien (01) 416 2909 or 416 2394 DOBrien@stjames.ie
Result Enquiries * (see note below)   (01) 416 2943 or 416 2944  
Main Haematology Laboratory   (01) 410 3843  
Immunophenotyping Laboratory   (01) 416 2909  
Haemoglobinopathies and Haemolytic Anaemia Laboratory   (01) 416 2394  
Haematinics & Transplant Drug Monitoring Laboratory   (01) 416 2012  
Cryobiology Stem Cell Laboratory   (01) 416 2707  
Coagulation Lab, CPL *(all enquiries for Coag screen/INR results only)   (01) 416 2910   

* (Clinicians Only. The laboratory cannot give results directly to patients. Please contact your doctor with all queries)

Contact On-Call

To contact Haematology Medical Scientist On–Call: Bleep 671 or via St James Hospital switch. To contact St James Hospital Switch, dial 9 or direct line 410 3000.

On-call hours Monday-Friday 8pm-8am, Weekends Saturday 1pm - Monday 8am.

Clinical Advice and Interpretation

Haematology

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm:

Contact Haematology Laboratory Specialist Registrar at 416 2032 

Or St James Hospital main switchboard Ext 9 or Direct line 410 3000

Ask for Haematology Registrar

 

Monday - Friday after 5pm and Weekends and Bank Holidays

St James Hospital main switchboard Ext 9 or Direct line 410 3000

Ask for Haematology Registrar On Call  

If Haematology Registrar not available ask for Haematology Consultant On Call

 

Coagulation

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Contact National Coagulation Centre (NCC) Telephone 416 2141

Ask for Coagulation Consultant on Call

 

Monday - Friday after 5pm and Weekends and Bank Holidays

Contact St James Hospital main switchboard Ext 9 or Direct line 410 3000

Ask for Coagulation Consultant on Call

Time Limit for Requesting Additional Tests

Time Limit for requesting additional Tests

  1. EDTA samples for FBC are retained for 5 days. Full blood counts may only be processed on samples <48 hours old. However additional tests such as Retic, ESR or Malaria are affected by EDTA changes and must be performed on samples < 24 hours old. Blood films can only be performed on samples < 18 hours old.
  2. For Haemoglobinopathy Screens additional tests may be added within 7 Days  of sample collection
  3. For Immunophenotyping additional tests may be added within 5 Days  of sample collection
  4. For Haematinic assays( B12/ Folate/ Ferritin) additional tests may only be added on samples collected same day
  5. For all other tests or any additional information contact the relevant laboratory section

Consultants


Consultant Speciality (directorate) Email Telephone & fax
Dr. Larry Bacon

Consultant Haematologist (HOPE)

baconsec@stjames.ie Tel: 01 416 2166
Fax: 01 410 3428
Nurse liaison: Tel:
Prof. P. Browne

Haematology (HOPE)

brownesec@stjames.ie Tel: (01) 416 2166
Fax: (01) 410 3428
Nurse liaison: Tel:
Dr. E. Conneally Haematologist (HOPE) conneallysec@stjames.ie Tel: (01) 416 2167
Fax: (01) 410 3428 / 416 2248
Nurse liaison: Tel:
Dr. Catherine Flynn

Haematologist (HOPE)

flynnsec@stjames.ie Tel: (01) 410 3991
Fax:
Nurse liaison: Tel:
Dr. Patrick Hayden

Consultant Haematologist (HOPE)

phayden@stjames.ie Tel: (01) 428 4887
Fax: (01) 410 3428
Nurse liaison: Kathleen Beston Tel: (01) 428 4798
Dr. Emma Tuohy

Haematologist (HOPE)

tuohysec@stjames.ie Tel: (01) 410 3597
Fax: (01) 410 3428
Nurse liaison: Nowell Ngwenya Tel: 087 432 4484
Prof. Elisabeth Vandenberghe

Haematology (HOPE)

vandenberghesec@stjames.ie Tel: (01) 410 3546
Fax:
Nurse liaison: Tel:

Appointment Instructions

Not applicable for the laboratory department. Please click here for details of the clinical haematology service.

 

Referral Procedures

A service level agreement (SLA) must be in place between external agencies and St James's Hospital prior to referral of samples for testing in the Haematology Laboratory. The laboratory manager should be contacted regarding this. For information in regard to the test repertoire offered, sample types required, reference ranges and test turnaround times, please see the Lab Reference manual available here.

 

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