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)

Mr Tim Wreford-Bush
Telephone: 0117 4148363
(ext 48363)

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 icon Blood Transfusion Policy CP2a

PDF icon Clinical Indications for Transfusion

PDF icon Maximum Surgical Blood Ordering Schedule

PDF icon NBT003189 Blood Refusal in Pregnancy

PDF icon NBT003190 Blood Transfusion Refusal

PDF icon Blood Transfusion Record 2019

Useful Links

General Educational Resources

Patient Blood Management

PDF icon Consent