Morphology and Specialist Assays

The morphology section carries out the detailed examination of blood films using light microscopy in order to assess the numbers and morphological features of blood cells. The blood film is an important tool in the provision of a differential  diagnosis.It’s major roles are in the differential diagnosis of anaemia, thrombocytopenia, and haematological malignancy  such as leukaemia and lymphoma. It is also useful in the speedy diagnosis of infection, including parasitic infections.

The Morphology service is based at three sites: St James University Hospital and the Leeds General Infirmary.

In addition to the morphology service the laboratory at St. James's provides an additional specialist assay service.  The assays include:

  • G6PD (red cell enzyme)
  • Erythropoietin (erythropoesis hormone)
  • Gastric Intrinsic Factor antibodies (haematinics monitoring)
  • Inhibin A (part of the quadruple downs screen)
  • EMA assays (red cell membrane defect test)

The service is provided to the Leeds and the PCTs.

Contact Information:

Contact Details
SLM Co-Ordinator
Deborah Scott
All Sites
Contact Number:
0113 20 65826

Lead Scientists

Mrs Wendy Shields

Mr Steven Leather

St. James University Hospital
Contact Number:
0113 20 65558

Lead Scientist

Mrs Sandra Place

The General Infirmary at Leeds
Contact Number:
0113 39 26896

Page updated: 02/03/2017 | Updated by: Michael O'Sullivan

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