Blood Transfusion

The Blood Transfusion Department is situated within the Pathology Department on the first floor of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The pages on this website outline general information concerning the department, including team contacts and telephone numbers.

Details of tests and other services, together with the turnaround time for tests. Although laboratory turnaround times are shown, experience has indicated that unexpected circumstances may result in delays in the transmission of results.

The Blood Transfusion Team Contact Details

The Haematology Medical Team is available for clinical advice and should be contacted via switchboard.

GroupNamePositionTelephoneEmail
MedicalDr Dominique Chan-LamConsultant Haematologist2942 or Bleep 401dchanlam@nhs.net
MedicalDr Youssef SorourConsultant Haematologist2676
y.sorour@nhs.net
MedicalDr Rob CuttingConsultant Haematologist2810rcutting@nhs.net
MedicalAngela CrosslandSecretary to Dr Chan-Lam2810
MedicalJudy WillgooseSecretary to Dr Sorour & Cutting2765
LaboratoryMatthew BendBlood Transfusion Manager2061matthew.bend@nhs.net
LaboratoryMark LiversidgeSenior BMS/Transfusion Practitioner2628/2764mark.liversidge@nhs.net
LaboratoryRyan ColwellSenior BMS2628ryancolwell@nhs.net
LaboratoryRuth HardingTransfusion Practitioner2764 or Bleep 715ruthharding@nhs.net
LaboratoryHeather Da CostaPathology Quality Manager6372heather.dacosta@nhs.net
LaboratoryDaniel FirthDeputy Quality Manager6372daniel.firth@rothgen.nhs.uk

Laboratory hours

Monday – Friday (08:45 – 17:15hrs) Routine service

All other times (incl. Bank holidays) Out of hours service

Out of Hours

The Blood Transfusion/Haematology BMS Out of hours can be contacted via telephone number (01226) 43 2628 or (01226) 43 2862 or by Bleep number 205. All urgent out of hours requests must be phoned.

The Consultant Haematologists are available via the hospital switchboard and radio pagers – ask for the clinical haematologist on-call.

Referral work

The Blood Transfusion Department refers work to NHSBT Red Cell Immunohaematology laboratory and Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics laboratory in Sheffield. The laboratories are CPA accredited.

Transportation of Specimens

Hospital samples are delivered either via the air tube system or by hand to the Laboratory Specimen Reception Department. Blood Transfusion requests are given top priority by Specimen Reception – the requests are sent to the Blood Transfusion Department as soon as possible.

Samples which are considered to be a potential “high risk” of infection should not be transported to the laboratory using the air tube system. Samples should be transported to the laboratory in sealed containers by hand.

Antenatal serology samples are usually transported and delivered using Courier Logistics from G.P practices.

Uncertainty of Laboratory Results

All pathology assays carry an inevitable degree of uncertainty. Whilst many factors are well recognised (pre-analytical variables, analytical precision) some occur by random error alone.
(A random error is associated with the fact that when a measurement is repeated it will generally provide a measured value that is different from the previous value. It is random in that the next measured value cannot be predicted exactly from previous such values).

Users should bear in mind these uncertainties when interpreting any laboratory value.
The laboratory is happy to discuss analytical variation with any user of the service.
Laboratory EQAS performance data is available to any interested user – please contact the laboratory Manager.