I am just here ro ask anyone who has any knowledge or remembers getting their blood test done in the UK NHS for blood clotting for recurrent miscarriages.
I know I may need to contact the clinic directly where my blood test appointment was.
I will try to keep this short: I have been referred to a local fertility clinic (not situated in a hospital),the clinic runs in a doctor surgery during certain days in the weekdays.
I met the consultant in Aug 2023 and she made a note about my 2 recurrent miscarriages last year, I haven't fallen pregnant over 13 months since last miscarriage eventhough I have tried my best, meaning weight wise, tracking, dtd often, lying down, raising legs in the air, me and husband taking multi vitamin tablets etc. I am 35 yrs old, we have 1 daughter who was conceived after 12 months but didn't have miscarriages at that point of time.
So consultant said book yourself for a pelvic& transvaginal scan and she manually filled out a blood form: which has my correct details and the tests she had written down were: thrombophilia screening, anti-thrombin III, proteins LUPM, anti-coagulant factor etc. She said will be able to see your results via your NHS number. I checked my details on the blood request form and they were correct. So she booked a follow-up appointment for November it's after a few months so that the results for blood and scan will be available
I called my local blood centre and they confirmed on the phone that this blood test can be performed at their clinic.
So I have my blood test on 7/9/23 in the morning and I am very worried& disappointed because the phlebotomist who are specialists in drawing bloods, looked at the form read the tests requested and laughed and said oh I haven't done these in ages, not sure what coloured sample tube to use, ah this one she took blood in the yellow coloured tube and said results will be available in 7 days time.
I have the NHS app so any blood results with my NHS number will show up on there and it's been 10 days and there are no results.
Then I just checked online for uk blood sample collection on the nhs website and it mentions that a light blue coloured collection tube is used for blood clotting as it contains sodium citrate which the blood should be placed into. The yellow coloured tube is used for biochemistry tests so could be for the proteins.
So I am very sure unless I am mistaken the phlebotomist had minimal knowledge and collected blood in the wrong tube. This has happened twice, I had a blood clotting test last year after my second miscarriage and never received the results. I am aware that the lab processing the results will reject samples of they are in the wrong tube. However, this is not my fault as a patient my responsibility is to check my details are correct on the blood form, it is the phlebotomist's responsibility to know what sample tubes to use, if she wasn't sure then she should have checked with her team or supervisor. This is really unprofessional and has broken my trust.
I was hoping anyone on here remember what sample tube (blue or yellow) was used for the blood clotting test for miscarriages.
I should go into the blood centre on Monday and speak to them as I did take a picture of my blood form and have the date/time email of the appointment. Should I raise my concern with the consultant as well? No point waiting for appointment in Nov to discuss this as I can ask for the blood form again to do the blood test.
I mean this is really bad I have waited many months to get referred and now there have been many drawbacks, but come on the nhs staff working to draw blood should know what coloured tubes to use?
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Blood clot testing ( thrombophilia screening)
Bighugs88 · 16/09/2023 23:21
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