Blood Transfusion

The Blood Transfusion Department is part of the Department of Haematology, Southmead Hospital. The Department provides a 24-hour service from Southmead Hospital to meet the demands of the local hospitals and community. 

Departmental Structure

Head of Department
Dr. Alastair Whiteway

Blood Transfusion Laboratory Manager
Mr. Tim Wreford-Bush

Specialist Practitioner of Transfusion
Dr. Karen Mead

Laboratory During Opening Times
Telephone: 0117 4148350 (8am-10pm)
(ext 48350)

Out of hours
On-Call BMS via switchboard
(bleep 9433)

Staff Contacts

Dr Karen Mead
Telephone: 0117 4148358
(ext 48358)
Email: karen.mead@nbt.nhs.uk

Mr Tim Wreford-Bush
Telephone: 0117 4148363
(ext 48363)
Email: tim.wreford-bush@nbt.nhs.uk

Opening Times

Monday – Sunday: 8am to 10pm

Out of Hours Service

Out of hours, an on call Biomedical Scientist (BMS) can be contacted via switchboard or bleep 9433.

Departmental Services

  • Issuing of Compatible Blood Components
  • Blood Product Issue
  • Blood Grouping and Antibody Screening
  • Kleihauers (for foetal leaks)
  • Clinical Advice
  • Blood Transfusion Training Services

Blood Components and Products Available

  • Red Blood Cells
  • Platelets
  • Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP)
  • Cryoprecipitate
  • Prothrombin Complex Concentrate (PCC)
  • Coagulation Factor Concentrates
  • Human Albumin Solution (HAS)
  • Anti-D Immunoglobulin

Key Trust Documents

PDF iconBlood Transfusion Policy CP2a

PDF iconClinical Indications for Transfusion

PDF iconMaximum Surgical Blood Ordering Schedule

Useful Links

General Educational Resources

Patient Blood Management

PDF iconConsent