Contact your local transfusion lab
Published on 30 January 2019
Our clinical transfusion laboratories in Scotland, sometimes called blood banks, are based in:
All our labs provide a 24/7 service, offering:
- pre-transfusion and antenatal testing
- issue of blood and blood components compatible for transfusion to patients as
- support for emergency transfusion
- a limited test repertoire is available outside routine hours
Contact your local transfusion laboratory
You should always contact your local lab for advice about local services.
If you need to speak to one of our consultants out of hours, your can contact the national on-call consultant:
If your transfusion laboratory is not listed here, the service will be provided by your local NHS board.
Aberdeen Blood Transfusion Centre
The Aberdeen Royal Infirmary blood bank laboratory operates a 24 hour service:
- Telephone: 01224 552 322, 01224 552 512
The Dr Gray's Hospital (DGH) blood bank laboratory operates a 24 hour service:
East of Scotland Blood Transfusion Centre
A 24 hour direct dial is available for the Dundee blood transfusion lab:
For clinical advice during routine hours:
Telephone: 01382 645 166
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
A 24 hour direct dial is available for the Edinburgh blood tranfusion lab:
- Telephone: 0131 242 7501, 0131 242 7502
To contact a Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) consultant or registrar:
- Telephone: Call the switchboard on 0131 536 1000 and ask for the BTS registrar, bleep 2215 or direct dial 0131 242 7524.
- From 7pm to 9am you should call the switchboard on 0131 536 1000 and ask for the BTS registrar.
West of Scotland Blood Transfusion Centre
25 Shelley Road
A 24 hour direct dial is available for the blood transfusion laboratory:
To contact a Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) consultant or registrar during routine hours:
- Telephone: Call the switchboard on 0141 433 5800
Inverness Blood Transfusion Centre
The Raigmore Hospital blood bank laboratory operates a 24 hour service:
Our accreditation and standards
Our transfusion laboratories operate under the SNBTS blood establishment licence and are accredited by UKAS. There is a common quality management system across all sites.
In addition the laboratories share a blood transfusion LIMS (Traceline) as well as having the same equipment for testing patient samples. They operate to the same national policies and standard operating procedures.
There is some variation in laboratory practice according to local clinical need.