An initial screen for the detection of a thalassaemia or abnormal haemoglobin for immigration purposes.
Haematology - Special Tests
No iron treatment and/or blood transfusion in the preceding 3 months
Pre-Testing Requirements: To aid in interpretation of the thalassaemia screen a copy of the full blood count should be provided with the request. If results of a full blood count are not provided a repeat blood count may be added to the thalassaemia screen at an additional cost to the patient or requesting lab.
Sample Delivery to Lab - ambient temperature, 4°C if overnight
Ambient (8 - 24 degrees Celsius)
If overnight - Chilled (2 - 8 degrees Celsius)
Preferred aliquot 1 x 4mL EDTA whole blood, minimum aliquot 2mL EDTA whole blood
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Contact Canterbury Health Laboratories on +64 3 364 0484 or email LabInfo@cdhb.health.nz
An immigration thalassaemia screen comprises of the following tests: Alpha Thalassaemia Screen, Hb A2, Hb F, Hb alkaline electrophoresis. A copy of the full blood count is required to aid in interpretation of the thalassaemia screen.
Abnormal results will have an interpretative comment added to the report. Specific recommendations for further tests will be made and if necessary a repeat sample will be requested. If additional recommended tests are required by the Medical Examiner, the patient will be required to pay for the extra specified tests before the laboratory will proceed further.
Test Availability: Mon-Fri, 0800-1700
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