Tony Coates

Head Biomedical Scientist – Blood Transfusion

Tony Coates joined the NHS at Wrexham Maelor Hospital Department of Pathology in 1976 as a "Junior A" Laboratory Technician. As his career progressed Tony studied Haematology, Transfusion science and Immunology, gaining a double Fellowship of the Institute of Biomedical Science, and Chartered Scientist status with the Science Council.




Specialising in Blood Transfusion science from an early stage of his career, he has also had an interest in Pathology IT systems and Quality management. He is currently the Welsh lead for the Transfusion specialty in the procurement of an All Wales Laboratory Information Management system. 

Tony also represents UK Blood Bank Managers on the National Operations Group for the UK Blood stocks management scheme, and the UK Standing Advisory Committee for IT, and is the National representative on the Welsh Assembly Government Blood Implementation group.

He has also recently been invited to join the British Standards Committee in Haematology, which review standards and produce guidelines for the UK. As well as lecturing in Chester, he also lectures on Transfusion Science on the BSc Courses the University of Bangor. His role currently is running the Transfusion services for at the Maelor hospital, but with the recent re-organisation across North Wales this role will also temporarily cover all of North Wales.

Originally from the Wrexham area, he and his family renovated and converted an old country pub into a house a few miles out of Wrexham. A keen outdoor enthusiast who enjoys windsurfing, rock climbing and skiing both on snow and artificial slopes. He is a Qualified Rugby Coach with Wrexham Rugby Club u15's squad who his son plays for, and to balance things up, due to his wife and daughters interests in horses he has also become involved in equestrian shows as well. He is also the Chair of the board of Governors for his local school.