No blood transfusion and/or iron treatment in the preceding 3 months
Ambient (8 - 24 degrees Celsius)
If overnight - Chilled (2 - 8 degrees Celsius)
Preferred aliquot 1 x 4.0mL EDTA whole blood, minimum aliquot 2mL EDTA whole blood
Heterozygous Hb S indicates sickle cell trait, while homozygous Hb S indicates sickle cell anaemia
Sickle solubility test
Hb electrophoresis at alkaline pH using cellulose acetate gels, and capillary electrophoresis
All requests for a sickle cell screen have a sickle solubility test and a Hb alkaline electrophoresis performed.
Samples with a positive sickle cell screen are referred for a full haemoglobinopathy screen.
Test Availability: Mon - Fri, 0800 - 1700 (urgent testing by arrangement)