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HSL Rapid Response Laboratories – Clinical services

Blood Transfusion

Clinical services offered are:

  • Blood grouping
  • Antibody screening and Identification
  • Estimation of foetal maternal haemorrhage Red cell phenotyping
  • DAT
  • Issue of blood components

HSL blood transfusion laboratories adhere to a strict zero-tolerance policy for sample labelling and acceptance criteria, in line with national guidance.

Routine Haematology

Clinical services offered are: Full blood counts

  • Reticulocytes
  • ESR
  • Blood and Bone Marrow Morphology
  • Malarial Parasite
  • Infectious mononucleosis diagnosis
  • Routine coagulation tests

Clinical Biochemistry

The RRLs carry out routine biochemistry testing. Other tests are analysed at the Halo Building, including:

  • Tumour markers
  • Specialised Proteins
  • Drugs of abuse


Immunology tests are analysed at the Halo Building.


Point of Care Testing at UCLH RRL

Services provided near patients (satellite laboratories)

  • 1st Trimester combined screening service (UCLH)
  • HbA1c monitoring – Adult Diabetes Outpatient clinic (UCLH)
  • Intra-operative parathyroid hormone measurements (Parathyroidectomies at UCLH, RF, BCF)
  • Support with POCT devices used in the Trusts


Haemostasis (Specialist Coagulation) Services

Diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of inherited and acquired coagulopathy disorders including:

  • Thrombotic disorders.
  • Haemophilia and acquired bleeding disorders.
  • Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (TTP), Atypical Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (aHUS) and Thrombotic Microangiopathies (TMAs).
  • Molecular Genetics services in inherited bleeding disorders and thrombophilia