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Blood Transfusion

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

Microscopic image of red blood cells

The pages in this section outline general information concerning the department. This includes team contacts and telephone numbers, details of tests and other services and 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.

Out of Hours

The Blood Transfusion and Haematology Biomedical Scientist out of hours can be contacted via telephone number 01226 432628 or 01226 432862 or by bleep number 205. All urgent out of hours requests must be phoned in.

The Consultant Haematologists are available via the hospital switchboard – ask for the Consultant Haematologist on-call.

Laboratory opening hours

Routine service - Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 5.15pm

Out of hours service - all other times (including Bank Holidays)


The Blood Transfusion Team Contact Details


Dr Dominique Chan-Lam
Consultant Haematologist

Contact via switchboard

Dr Rumana Rashid
Consultant Haematologist
Contact via switchboard

Angela Crossland
Secretary to Dr Chan-Lam & Dr Rashid
Contact by extension: 2810

Susan Peaker
Secretary to Dr Sorour & Dr Cutting
Contact by extension: 2765


Mark Taplin
Blood Transfusion Manager
Contact by extension: 7085


Jemma Mawson
Blood Transfusion Operational Manager
Contact by extension: 2628

Natalie Holmes
Pathology Quality Manager
Contact by extension: 6372

Blood Transfusion

Mark Liversidge
Senior Hospital Transfusion Practitioner
Contact by extension: 2764

Contact by bleep: 715

Julie Pozorski
Hospital Transfusion Practitioner
Contact by extension: 2764
Contact by bleep: 715


Susan Bird and Kerry Taylor
HTT Administrators
Contact by extension: 4478
Call on: 07784239187

Referral work

The Blood Transfusion Department refers work to the NHS Blood and Transplant Red Cell Immunohaematology Laboratory and Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Laboratory, in Barnsley. The laboratories are UKAS 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 NEQAS performance data is available to any interested user – please contact the Laboratory Manager.


This webpage was reviewed and updated by Mark Taplin, Blood Transfusion Manager, 22nd February 2024

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  • Page last reviewed: 11 July 2023
  • Next review due: 11 July 2024