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Haematology and Blood Transfusion

This is the home page for the Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Contact and service information, for each Department in the Clyde, North Glasgow and South Glasgow Sectors, can be accessed below.


Haematology is  the study of the cause, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases related to blood. It involves  the production of blood and its components, such as blood cells, haemoglobin, blood proteins and bone marrow.

Haemostasis (Blood Coagulation)

Haemostasis is the human body’s response to blood vessel injury and bleeding. It involves a coordinated effort between platelets and numerous blood clotting proteins (or factors), resulting in the formation of a blood clot and subsequent stopping of the bleed. 

Blood Transfusion

Blood transfusion is the process of receiving blood or blood products. Transfusions are used for various medical conditions to replace lost components of the blood.  Blood Transfusion uses individual components of the blood, such as red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, clotting factors and platelets.

Haematology Staff

Haematologists investigate, diagnose and treat diseases such as anaemia, leukaemia and lymphoma. They also care for patients with blood-clotting abnormalities and are responsible for ensuring that blood transfusions are safe and available when they are needed. Haematologists can be Biomedical Scientists and Clinical Scientists who work in laboratories as well as Medical Staff who work with patients in clinics and on the wards. They can be involved throughout the patient’s journey, from the first hospital visit, through laboratory diagnosis to treatment. Hundreds of thousands of blood tests are done every day in the UK.

Regulation and Accreditation

The Haematology Service is fully committed to the provision of a quality laboratory and clinical service and is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), using International Standard ISO: 15189. It is assessed for compliance to the Blood safety and Quality Regulations 2005 (BSQR)  and The Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004 by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). It is assessed for compliance with the Human Tissues Act 2004 (HTA) by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and compliance to the JACIE standards by The Joint Accreditation Committee ISCT-Europe and EBMT (JACIE). 

For details of the individual sector’s accreditation and regulatory compliance please see the appropriate sector page.

For a sector’s ISO:15189 schedule of accreditation please see the appropriate sector page or click on the appropriate UKAS logo above.

Our Locations

North Glasgow Sector

  • Glasgow Royal Infirmary
  • Gartnavel General Hospital
  • Stobhill ACH
  • West Glasgow Ambulatory Care Hospital

South Glasgow Sector

  • Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
  • Victoria ACH

Clyde Sector

  • Royal Alexandra Hospital
  • Inverclyde Royal Hospital
  • Vale of Leven Hospital