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Spire Pathology Services

Blood Sciences

  • Spire Pathology Blood Science Laboratories provide both Haematology, Clinical Chemistry and Blood Transfusion Science services.

    All Spire Pathology laboratories provide a routine and emergency blood sciences service, available 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. We also have specialist referral laboratories in Leicester, Manchester and London.


    Each of our Haematology laboratories provide a comprehensive screening and diagnostic service using state-of-the art technological platforms as well as numerous manual laboratory processes.

    All of our laboratories perform routine haematological and haemostastic screening tests, including Full Blood Count (FBC) investigations, blood cell morphology and coagulation screening tests such as the INR. In additional to these we also perform a comprehensive range of haematinic and haemoglobinopathy tests.


    Each Blood Transfusion laboratory provides a comprehensive Red Cell Immunohaematology service, utilize Diamed’s Gel Test ID-Micro Typing System we routinely perform ABO and Rhesus typing, antibody screening and identification, as well as full serological cross-matching.

    All Spire Pathology transfusion departments are registered with the MHRA. We participate in both UKNEQAS External ( and the Welsh Assessment of Serological Proficiency Scheme ( Spire Pathology is also a stakeholder in the National Comparative Audit of Blood Transfusion program, has a presence on the WASP’s steering committee and has its own Haematology and Blood Transfusion Standardisation Group.

    Clinical Chemistry

    Spire Pathology Services provide routine biochemistry at all of our satellite laboratories, including kidney, liver and cardiac profiles. All of our satellite sites utilize Ortho Clinical Diagnostics VITROS® dry slide chemistry platform, the VITROS® 350. This platform is ideal for a multi-disciplined laboratory environment, providing high quality results with the minimum of operator intervention and excellent efficiency.
     •  Proven methodologies referenced to industry standards
         –    Reduced substance interference
         –   Wide dynamic ranges
         –    Infrequent calibration
         –    Small sample size
    •  No reagent preparation
    •   No water, plumbing, or drains
    •   No electrodes to maintain
    •   No pumps or tubing associated with traditional water-based technology

Horiba Medical's Pentra technology at Spire Pathology Services

All of the Spire Pathology laboratories utilize Horiba Medical's state of the art Pentra platform featuring:

  • Integrated Workstation with Color Touch Screen
  • Micro-sampling from whole blood (CBC: 30 µL - DIFF: 53 µL)
  • 26 blood cell parameters
  • Cytochemistry, Impedance (real cell volume measurement) & Optical (analysis of the internal cellular structure by measuring light absorbency) - DHSS* Technology.
  • Perfect homogenization of blood samples with reagents - MDSS** Technology.

* DHSS: Double Hydrodynamic Sequential System (HORIBA Medical Patent)
** MDSS: Multi-Distribution Sampling System (HORIBA Medical Patent)

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