The Haematology Laboratory provides routine, emergency and specialist investigations for St James’s Hospital, referring hospitals and General Practitioners (GPs). The department’s work involves the laboratory diagnosis, monitoring and therapy of haematological conditions such as leukaemia, anaemia and haemophilia.
It 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, GPs 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.
The Haematology Laboratory service includes the full range of essential investigations and an extensive range of specialised tests, for many of which the department receives referrals from other hospitals. A full out of hours emergency service is also provided.
The laboratory is a recognised in-service training laboratory for students of the Biomedical Science Degree Course at the Technological University Dublin (TUD). It promotes further postgraduate education for its staff, is involved in ongoing research and development activities and international scientific collaborations. It also provides laboratory support for many clinical drug trials being conducted in the hospital.
The Haematology Laboratory is organised as follows:
The primary source of information for users is the LabMed User Guide. The guide includes a database of laboratory investigations, specimen requirements, turnaround times and biological reference intervals.
We operate the HealthLink electronic system for GPs which facilitates electronic ordering of tests. Results are also transmitted electronically to the Practice Management System. Any new GP practice must contact the Laboratory’s quality manager to sign up and register.
Samples from GPs and external hospitals should be received in the laboratory before 3pm, from Monday to Friday.
Clinical advice and interpretation
Clinical advice for service users is available from the Haematology Laboratory Specialist Registrar from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Contact the main switchboard on (01) 410 3000 and ask for the haematology registrar on-call. If the haematology registrar is not available, ask for the haematology consultant on-call.
Unfortunately, the laboratory cannot give results directly to patients. Patients should contact their referring doctor with all queries regarding laboratory tests.
A service level agreement (SLA) must be in place between external agencies and St James's Hospital before referring samples for testing in the Haematology Laboratory. The laboratory manager should be contacted regarding this. For information about the test repertoire offered, sample types required, reference ranges and test turnaround times, please see the LabMed User Guide.
The laboratory is accredited by INAB to ISO Standard, 15189:2012, medical laboratories requirements for quality and competence.