Haematology and Transfusion Science

Haematology and Transfusion Science is the study and analysis of blood and blood forming tissues such as bone marrow.


Haematology and Transfusion Science can be generally split into three sub-disciplines:

  • Transfusion
  • Haemostasis/coagulation
  • Diagnostic haematology

Transfusion science involves the analysing of a patients’ blood group and providing safe and appropriate blood or blood components. Haemostasis/coagulation involves performing a blood test to diagnose patients with bleeding or clotting disorders, and for monitoring of patients on blood thinners such as warfarin.

Diagnostic haematology looks at the number, shape and size of cells in the blood and bone marrow to aid in the diagnosis and monitoring of benign disorders such as anaemia, or cancers such as leukaemia. Typical activities also include:

  • performing blood tests, interpreting results and reporting results to the relevant clinician
  • monitoring the performance of tests through quality control and audit/evaluation of the service
  • remaining up to date with clinical and scientific knowledge within the field in order to introduce new tests to the laboratory to provide the best service to patients as possible
  • teaching and training of laboratory and clinical staff

More on Haematology and Transfusion Science

The ‘Pathology Recruitment’ videos are from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. They feature NHS staff working in areas such as Haematology, Immunology and Histopathology talking about their work.


Last updated on 15th February 2024