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The Transfusion Medicine Department is part of the St James’s Hospital Centre for Laboratory Medicine and Molecular Pathology and provides blood and blood products for the hospital’s inpatients.

We also perform blood tests including ABO/Rh typing, antibody screening, antibody investigation, cross matching and direct Coombe tests.

Traceability of all blood products is essential and our Haemovigilance department ensures this is carried out.

  • General Enquiries: Main Laboratory
    (01) 416 2989 (01) 416 2958

    Consultant in Transfusion Medicine
    Dr Diarmaid O Donghaile
    (01) 416 2945
    dodonghaile@stjames.ie

    Chief Medical Scientist
    Ms Ann Marie Mc Cann
    (01) 410 3571
    amccann@stjames.ie

    Haemovigilance Officer
    Ms Julie Mc Cabe
    (01) 416 2974
    jumccabe@stjames.ie

    24hr Clinical Advice
    Consultant in Transfusion Medicine/Consultant Haematologist
    Routine Hours: (01) 416 2989 / 2958
    Out of Hours: Switchboard (01) 410 3000

    On-call Laboratory (Out of hours)
    Bleep 671

  • The Department of Transfusion Medicine including Haemovigilance provides support to all the clinical specialities in the hospital. We provide a 24 hour service 7 days a week.

    This service includes blood grouping, antibody screening, antibody investigation, direct Coombs test, cross matching and issuing of blood, blood products and blood components including frozen plasma, platelets, fibrinogen, Anti-D, coagulation factor concentrates and albumin.

    Haemovigilance, in collaboration with the Transfusion Medicine Department and other blood users through the Transfusion Committee contribute to the delivery of best practice transfusion service including monitoring and traceability of blood/blood component use. The Haemovigilance department has an important role in many transfusion practices including investigation and reporting of adverse events and reactions.

    There is a consultative service, for both laboratory and Haemovigilance issues, available to users 24 hours a day. This is led by the Consultant in Transfusion Medicine.

  • The Health Professionals involved in Transfusion Medicine include:

    Consultant in Transfusion Medicine

    Medical scientists

    Haemovigilance officers (CNM III/Medical Scientists)

    Administration officer

  • The Department of Transfusion Medicine including Haemovigilance of St James’s Hospital was initially awarded accreditation by the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) on 28th October 2008 as being in compliance with ISO/IEC/15189. The scope of the accreditation is detailed under Registration Number 327MT.

    It is also competent to comply with articles 14 and 15 of the EU Directive 2002/98/EC (S.I. No. 360 of 2005 and S.I. No. 547 of 2006).  

Contact Details

Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, 9am-1pm



How to find us

Ground floor, Centre for Laboratory Medicine and Molecular Pathology.

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