Referral Services provided by RCI
The RCI laboratory provides a reference service for hospital blood transfusion laboratories. The services provided by the RCI laboratory are listed below.
Provision of crossmatched blood for patients with complex antibodies.
Investigation of red cell antibodies
Investigation of Haemolytic Transfusion Reactions
ABO/Rh typing, including the investigation of blood group anomalies
Investigation of patient’s with positive Direct Antiglobulin Tests
Investigation of Autoimmune Haemolytic Anaemia
Investigation of Haemolytic Disease of the Fetus & Newborn (HDFN).
Antenatal screening for red cell antibodies to identify at risk pregnancies (antibody quantification or titration as appropriate).
Provision of suitable blood at delivery for at risk pregnancies
Phenotyping of donor red cells (Ordered via the IBTS electronic ordering system)
Clinical & scientific advice to hospital colleagues
Extended phenotyping for transfusion dependant patients and for patients with complex red cell antibodies.
Importation of rare blood for named patients.
Our of hours emergency on-call service
Additional services are provided by other support laboratories including; the Blood Group Genetics Laboratory (IBTS), the Molecular Diagnostics and Red Cell Reference laboratories (NHSBT, Filton) and RCI Sheffield (NHSBT).