Blood Transfusion Services - Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Capital Health maintains a Blood Transfusion Service to provide blood components and/or products for routine and emergency transfusion of inpatients and outpatients. The core Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) is located in the Halifax Infirmary (HI) building of the QEII Health Sciences Centre.

Four pre-compatibility testing sites:

  • Halifax Infirmary
  • Victoria General (VG)
  • Dartmouth General Hospital (DGH)
  • Hants Community Hospital (HCH)

Three transfusion sites:

  • Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital (TOMH)
  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital (ESMH)
  • Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital (MVRH)

Only the core Halifax Infirmary; Blood Transfusion Service performs complex antibody investigation services which are provided from the Halifax Infirmary to all other Capital Health sites as well.

The Blood Transfusion Service provides storage of bone marrow and stem cells for subsequent transfusion and coordinates procurement of HLA-matched single donor platelets.

The Blood Transfusion Service originally located at the Victoria General, was the first Canadian hospital blood transfusion service to be accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). Initially received May 2, 1994 and on November 2005, all Capital Health  Blood Transfusion Services achieved the American Association of Blood Banks accreditation.

The QE II Apheresis Services provides therapeutic hemapheresis services and obtains autologous whole blood for transfusion. Autologous donations are scheduled by appointment through the Hematology Clinic 902-473-3890, after the patient's surgeon has initiated the process. The Apheresis Service is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and is located in the Victoria General building.