Reference 2016-199

REF:            2016-199

Subject:        Dermatology bloods

    

 

Request:

  1. Does your dermatology department have nurses trained to draw bloods from outpatients in outpatient clinics?
  2. Does your dermatology department have dermatologists trained to draw bloods from outpatients in outpatient clinics?
  3. Does your dermatology department have access to tubes, syringes/needles in the department to draw bloods from outpatients in outpatient clinics and someone who collects or sends tubes to your bloods lab department etc.?
  4. Does your dermatology department draw either whole bloods, serum, plasma or draw only whole bloods but they put on the label that a whole blood-based test or serum-based test or plasma-based test is required to your bloods lab department etc.? (by the way there are tubes with clot activator for serum after they are spun. There are tubes with clot inhibitor for plasma after they are spun)

 

Response:

Does your dermatology department have nurses trained to draw bloods from outpatients in outpatient clinics?

 

Yes, there are a couple of nurses that can draw blood. Patients are generally sent to pathology to have blood taken but this closes after 4.30pm so this is always done on the department after then. Where possible the nurses bleed someone on the department (especially for the elderly that have trouble with mobility and transport patients) if they can rather than send them all the way to path lab and back. In the community, the tier 2 and minor surgery service do not take bloods. On the very small occasions when blood in tier 2 is needed children are sent to the paediatric team and any adults patients are asked to go to their practice nurse or pathology at RBH.
Does your dermatology department have dermatologists trained to draw bloods from outpatients in outpatient clinics? No, none of our consultants draw blood routinely
Does your dermatology department have access to tubes, syringes/needles in the department to draw bloods from outpatients in outpatient clinics and someone who collects or sends tubes to your bloods lab department etc.? Yes, we access stock from CDU or ambulatory care if required from the hospital site.

 

Does your dermatology department draw either whole bloods, serum, plasma or draw only whole bloods but they put on the label that a whole blood-based test or serum-based test or plasma-based test is required to your bloods lab department etc.?  (by the way there are tubes with clot activator for serum after they are spun.  There are tubes with clot inhibitor for plasma after they are spun) Usually whole bloods FBC, U&E LFT’s.