Description of Department/Service

The Department of Blood Transfusion provides Transfusion services to the medical and surgical teams within the hospital, including the provision of red cells, platelets and plasma, in addition to specialised coagulation products as needed.

Over 14,000 test requests are processed annually, with almost 6,000 units of red cells and 1,200 units of platelets transfused to patients each year. Haemovigilance services are provided to inpatients and patient and staff education are an important priority for the Department. The laboratory is INAB accredited and complies with the appropriate European Standards for Blood Transfusion.