A specialist service that provides an extensive range of phenotypic coagulation assays including platelet aggregometry and nucleotide measurement for the definitive diagnosis and laboratory management of patients with suspected and confirmed inherited or acquired bleeding disorders.
The laboratory also offers a range of assays for diagnosis and management of patients with inherited or acquired thrombotic disorders including anti phospholipid syndrome and thrombotic thrombocytopenia purpura.
The service provides a wide repertoire of tests to monitor levels of direct oral anticoagulants, low molecular weight heparin and unfractionated heparin. In addition, the service also includes a molecular genetic service that provides genetic analysis for a variety of inherited bleeding disorders and inherited thrombophilias. This includes analysis in affected individuals, carriers and family members to define the causative mutation, and also includes pre-natal diagnosis.
The service is used by many disciplines within the hospital setting, the north London haemophilia network hospitals and the wider community, nationally and internationally. There is an out of hour’s service to cover specialist haemostasis and thrombotic tests. The laboratory can provide an educational service for clinicians, clinical scientists, biomedical scientists and medical personnel including those that have been invited to the department to receive training through the ISTH and World Federation of Haemophilia, International Haemophilia Training Centre (IHTC) programmes for fellowship placements. The service is also able to support research within the field of haemostasis.
The Haemostasis department holds the IBMS pre- and post- registration training approval for completion of the IBMS Registration Portfolio and Specialist Diplomas as well as being accredited under Clinical Pathology Accreditation whilst transitioning to ISO 15189 under the programme of UKAS assessment schedules.