Test Directory

Reticulocyte Count

Containers - Adult

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Red Cap Tube EDTA KE 2.7ml
Volume Range
​>1.5ml
Additive per Container
​EDTA

Containers - Child

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Pink Cap - Paediatric
Volume Range
>0.5ml
Additive per Container
EDTA

Reference ranges

Reticulocyte count in Adults = 25 - 85 x109​/ L

Laboratory Site

RIE
51 Little France Crescent
Old Dalkeith Road
Edinburgh
EH16 4SA
Telephone: 0131 536 1000
SJH
Howden Road West
Howden
Livingston
West Lothian
EH54 6PP
Telephone: 01506 523000
WGH
Crewe Road South
Edinburgh
EH4 2XU
Telephone: 0131 537 1000

Transport arrangements

Specimen must be transported within a plastic sealable bag or other suitable container. Sample MUST be recieved as soon as possible, as reticulocytes continue to mature within the sample tube.

Sample storage arrangements

Room temperature​

How to request

Request form or Trak

Availability

Monday - Friday: routine service 09:00 - 17:00. Saturday - Sunday: routine service 09:00 - 13:00
Please contact the laboratory for urgent samples outside of routine hours.

Anticipated turnaround

1 day

What happens if the result is positive or abnormal

The laboratory will telephone abnormal results where it appears that these are likely to be clinically significant. Please provide an appropriate telephone or bleep number.

General additional information

A Full Blood Count is always performed alongside the Reticulocyte count.

Reticulocyte count is often referred to as 'retic count'.

Blood transfusion may make interpretation unreliable.