Clinical services

Services to support the transfusion needs of patients in Scotland.

We provide specialist diagnostic and treatment services ensure matched blood and platelets are available for patients across Scotland 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

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Blood banking

Providing matched blood and platelets for patients 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

National reference service

Bespoke service for complex problems related to providing blood for patients.

Cytotoxic T-Cell Therapy 

Patients who are immunosuppressed, particularly after stem cell or solid organ transplantation, are at risk of developing a condition known as post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease, frequently caused by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).

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Histocompatibility and immunogenetics

Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (H&I) laboratories perform tests to support solid organ (kidney, pancreas, liver) and islet transplantation. The work involves Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) typing and antibody definition of patients and HLA typing of deceased or living organ donors, assessing the closeness of the match and thus helping to select the most appropriate donor for a particular patient.

HLA typing of patients is also undertaken by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNTBS) to support diagnosis in a number of autoimmune conditions. In addition, HLA and Human Platelet Antigen (HPA) typing and antibody screening of Apheresis platelet donors is undertaken within our H and I labs to provide compatible platelets for specific patients.

The laboratories also investigate adverse reactions to transfusion caused by HLA, HPA and Human Neutrophil Antigens (HNA) and subsequently provide support for provision of compatible transfusion products.

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Clinical Apheresis

The Clinical Apheresis service uses technology that separates blood into its component parts and then exchanges or removes the part that is contributing to the patient's ill health. It also collects the part that can be used later in the patient's treatment (such as stem cells). The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service provides this service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, supporting the needs of patients in Scotland both electively and in an emergency setting.

The specialist service is medically-led and delivered by highly-trained nurses. There are Clinical Apheresis Units in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow hospitals and if a patient is not well enough to travel, our Apheresis team will travel to the patient.

Better Blood Transfusion

Transfusion Practitioners are based within each health board across Scotland to promote safe transfusion practice and enhance patient care. The team works directly with hospital staff to deliver training and education initiatives, haemovigilance and quality improvement projects.

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