Haematology Services, University Hospital Waterford

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Service Description

The Haematology laboratory provides a diagnostic service for Waterford Regional Hospital, the greater Waterford area and for the wider South Eastern Region. The Haematology Laboratory WRH is located on the ground floor of the Pathology Department, Waterford Regional Hospital.

This laboratory provides diagnostic investigations in general haematology, coagulation , haematinics and specialised areas . Approximately 1,500 FBC samples and 250 coagulation samples are processed in the lab each day. In addition the laboratory carries out daily: ESRs, infectious mononucleosis screens, blood film reviews, haematinic assays, malaria screening, sickle cell screening and Kleihauer screening. Special coagulation investigations are also provided. Some specialised investigations not performed at UHW are routed through the Haematology Lab to external laboratories. For information on tests available outside of routine hours, see Haematology On-Call service.

Dr. Brian Hennessy, Dr Ezzat El Hassadi, Dr Senthil Kumar and Dr Ahmed Bannaga Consultant Haematologists provide a clinical haematology service for the HSE South East Region and have a number of inpatient/day-ward beds at UHW as well as weekly outpatient clinics. Clinical and laboratory advice is provided by the Haematology Medical staff to hospitals and general practitioners.

Consultant Haematologists, Dr. Brian Hennessy, Dr Ezzat ElHassadi, Dr Senthil Kumar and Dr Ahmed Bannaga are responsible for authorising the release of reports.


Contact details for Haematology Lab

  • General (Test Result) Enquires, 051-842475 (between 09.30hrs and 16.30hrs only)
  • Conor Crotty, Chief Medical Scientist, 051-842615 or Ext:2615
  • Carol Elstead, Quality Officer Haematology, 051-848905
  • Dr Brian Hennessy, Consultant Haematologist 051-848746 or Ext:8746
  • Dr Senthil Kumar, Consultant Haematologist 051-842556 or Ext:2556
  • Dr. Ezzat El Hassadi, Consultant Haematologist 051-842104 or Ext:2104
  • Dr Ahmed Bannaga, Consultant Haematologist, via main hospital switchboard 051840000
  • Haematology Registrar, 051-848206


Specimen Labelling and Completion of request forms

For accurate identification of specimens it is essential that all samples be labelled properly and that request forms are filled out clearly and accurately referring to Completing the request form and labelling the specimen.
In the interest of patient safety, samples that do not meet these minimum sample identification requirements cannot be accepted for analysis.

Request Forms/Consent Forms/ Other Info for Special Requests

Malaria Screen Request Form.pdf (size 162.9 KB)
Haemochromatosis Consent Form.pdf (size 303.4 KB)
UHW Thrombophilia Lupus Anticoagulant Antiphospholipid Antibodies Request Form
Haematology Lab UHW Thrombophilia testing Guidelines
St James's Haemoglobinopathy Request Form
Consent Form UHW Factor V Leiden

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