The Department of Pathology and Laboratory provides laboratory diagnostic services to the Hospital’s inpatient and outpatient departments. The scope of laboratory services covers Blood Transfusion, Haemovigilance, Biochemistry, Haematology and Microbiology testing. The laboratory is approved by the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) for ISO 15189:2012 (Registration number 318T). The test procedures covered in the scope of accreditation is available on the INAB website.
The service includes:
Biochemistry analyses samples to diagnose disease, identify suitable treatments and monitor treatment efficacy through continuous blood analysis.
Blood Transfusion covers the investigations required to ensure compatibility with donor blood products when required for transfusion.
Blood Grouping and Irregular Antibody identification, and screening and crossmatching of donor blood with the patient’s blood samples.
Haemovigilance Services monitor the entire blood transfusion chain to ensure patient safety in compliance with EU legislation.
Haematology deals with disorders of the blood, blood cells and the bone marrow.
These may include anaemia, sickle cell anaemia, haemophilia and clotting disorders. An oral anticoagulant monitoring service is also provided.
Microbiology investigates infection and infectious diseases caused by pathogens. These pathogens could be bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites.
Pathology provides advisory and consultancy services to the Hospital, external clinics and inputs to National forums. They also provide laboratory services for the National Bone Bank, which is located on-site at the Hospital.
Pathology is a consultancy-led profession. The team comprises Phlebotomists, Consultants and Medical Scientists in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Haematology, Blood Transfusion and a Haemovigilance Officer.
- Prof. Peter O’Gorman, Interim Director of Pathology
- Dr Deirdre Brady, Consultant Microbiologist
- Dr Graham Lee, Biochemist
- Dr Khalil Alnajarr, Consultant Haematologist
Drink lots of water, if you are dehydrated, veins can be hard to locate.
Let the phlebotomist know if you have a fear of needles or have fainted in the past.
Notify the medical team if you:
- Suffer from a blood or blood clotting disorder
- Have been hospitalised in the past 12 months
- Have recently been exposed to an infectious disease
For information on Indications for CMV Negative and/or Irradiated Red Cells, Platelets and Granulocytes, click here.
Patients may require a blood transfusion to replace blood or blood components (plasma and platelets) lost during surgery or to promote blood-clotting post-surgery. Blood products are meticulously collected from donors, rigorously tested and carefully stored to minimise the risk to recipient patients.
Blood Product Testing
Donor blood collected undergoes rigorous testing before it is certified for use. Tests include:
- HIV 1&2
- Hepatitis B & C
- Variant Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease, vCJD
- Human T-Cell Lymphotropic Virus, HTLV 1&2
Matching Donor and Recipient Blood Groups
The Laboratory determine the patient’s blood group and identifies a compatible donor match for a safe transfusion.
Patients have the right to refuse a blood transfusion; however, refusal may increase health risks. We recommend patients discuss options with their Consultant before surgery to make an informed decision.
Click on the links below to download clinical information:
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Indications for CMV Negative and/or Irradiated Red Cells, Platelets and Granulocytes.