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  1. News Article
    A group of survivors and relatives of people who died in the infected blood scandal are suing a school where they contracted hepatitis and HIV after being given experimental treatment without informed consent. A proposed group action lodged by Collins Solicitors in the high court on Friday alleges that Treloar College, a boarding school in Hampshire that specialised in teaching haemophiliacs, failed in its duty of care to these pupils in the 1970s and 80s. The claim could result in a payout running into millions of pounds, and is based on new testimony given by former staff at the sc
  2. News Article
    NHS stocks of blood may become “critical” this winter, a regulator has warned, as Covid and higher than average winter rates of cold and flu risk donation levels. The NHS Blood and Transplant authority declared a major incident at the end of October after its supply of blood supplies dropped to critical levels, nationally. The regulator’s supply was at risk of dropping to below two days’ supply across the country, when it aims to have at least five days at all times. This is the second time the regulator, which is responsible for blood donation supplies to the NHS, has declared
  3. News Article
    From the end of 2021, a question on sexual activity of partners in areas where HIV is widespread will be removed from the donor safety check form, in an effort to increase inclusivity among donors. The changes will particularly improve the ease to donate blood for Black African donors. Currently, prospective donors are asked if they have recently had sex with a partner who may ever have been sexually active in an area where HIV is endemic, which includes most of sub-Saharan Africa. If they have, the donor will then be deferred for three months after the last sexual contact with that
  4. News Article
    Lung transplant patients in Birmingham are facing significantly worse survival rates as a “sobering” report has revealed two-thirds of patients have died within five years, The Independent has learned. Survival rates for lung transplant patients at University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust after five years are now almost 20 percentage points lower than the other main hospitals specialising in lung transplants. The latest figures from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) have revealed Birmingham’s five-year survival rates decreased from 79% in 2015-16 to 31% in 2020-21, and have co
  5. News Article
    It was "regrettable" that the government said there was "no conclusive proof" AIDS could be transmitted by blood products in 1983, a public inquiry has heard. Giving evidence, former secretary of state Lord Fowler said it would have been better to add that it was likely NHS treatment could be contaminated. But he said he didn't think the change would have made a crucial difference. Survivors have accused ministers of playing down the risks at the time. It's thought around 3,000 haemophiliacs died of AIDS and hepatitis C after being treated with a blood-clotting product called Fa
  6. News Article
    Doctors have warned GPs are having to make difficult choices about which patients get blood tests because of the ongoing shortage of test tubes, describing it as a "perilous" situation. Due to the shortages, the NHS in England and Wales have told surgeries and hospitals to temporarily stop some blood testing, which includes tests for fertility, allergies and pre-diabetes. One woman, Alison Webb, has said she cannot have her yearly thyroid and cholesterol checked due to the shortages - and her tests are already overdue by four months. A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson sai
  7. News Article
    GP surgery staff are facing abuse from patients who are “angry and upset” that their blood test has been cancelled because of the NHS-wide chronic shortage of sample bottles. “Patients are angry when we ring them up and say, ‘Sorry we can’t do your blood test after all’. A lot of people are quite angry and concerned about their own health,” Dr David Wrigley, the deputy chair of council at the British Medical Association, said. “Patients are quite rightly upset and some get quite aggressive as well. They are worried because they don’t know what the implications of their cancelled test
  8. News Article
    Becton Dickinson (BD), which manufactures most of the blood tubes used by the NHS, has alerted NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) to a global shortage of some of its products, including two types of blood tubes: those with a yellow or purple top. BD says that the COVID-19 pandemic created the most unpredictable demand it has seen in the past 70 years. The company says that it has also been difficult for customers to predict the types and quantities of blood tubes they will be using from month to month, which affects manufacturers’ abilities to meet demand. “Adding to the issue are g
  9. News Article
    Local NHS organisations are increasing their efforts to conserve ubiquitous blood collection products amid concerns current measures are not working and stocks may run even lower. There is also a concern in east London that the message to reduce routine tests is not being heeded, with GPs not cutting back enough. However, this week the British Medical Association raised concerns over suspending routine tests, including “NHS Health Checks, monitoring of quality of care, and medication reviews”. The union said: “It would also be unreasonable to ask healthcare staff to simply delay the
  10. News Article
    On 10 August NHS England issued guidance for healthcare workers, including medical directors and GPs, in the light of global shortages of blood tube products, now, doctors have raised concerns about the effects that a shortage of blood tubes in England will have on patient care and the NHS, which already faces backlogs. Read full story (paywalled). Source: BMJ, 24 August 2021
  11. News Article
    Plasma from blood donations in England will be used to make a life-saving drug whilst also helping to secure NHS plasma stocks to make the antibody-based medicines, called immunoglobulins. The service will begin roll-out in the coming months, with other parts of the UK potentially following suit. Gerry Gogarty, from NHS Blood and Transplant, welcomed the decision, calling it a huge step forward. "By recovering plasma from blood donations, we can improve long-term supplies of immunoglobulin medicine, and each generous blood donation will go even further in helping to save the lives."
  12. News Article
    According to reports, Barts Health Trust and most other providers in the north east London health system may run out of blood tube collection products by the end of August. Though, according to notes seen by HSJ, a “mitigation plan with demand management in place this may extend into September”. After warning colleagues in north east London that the shortage of blood collection tubes made by Becton Dickinson affects “all NEL areas” except acute trust Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust, Diane Jones, chief nurse of the NEL integrated care system has said “NHSE are lo
  13. News Article
    According to NHSE guidance today, non-essential blood tests should be stopped and GPs should prioritise genomic tests over others. Vitamin D testing should also be stopped in all, but "exceptional circumstances" amid shortages in the blood collection tube stocks. The guidance, issued by the NHSE has advised genomics for testing of unwell neonates, prenatal screening and cancer diagnoses are “a high priority". NHSE have also said changes to testing “should be made in consultation with individual patients” and that “it is important to make clear that routine tests will be deferred only whe
  14. News Article
    A national shortage in blood collection tubes has meant trusts are having to limit blood tests, with some trusts advising doctors to only order blood tests if they deem it absolutely necessary or using the same tubes for different tests rather than using a different tube of blood for each test. It has also been reported that the global disruption to the supply chain may mean shortages could continue before the supply lines recover. The NHS Supply Chain, has said there was “some improvement in the supply position in September” but that controls on the products "are likely to continue to be
  15. News Article
    A public inquiry into the infected blood scandal has heard that the government was right to say there was "no conclusive proof" that Aids could be transmitted by blood products in 1983. According to Lord Clarke, the phrase was entirely accurate at the time it was said. However, evidence in documents reveal senior health officials believed HIV could be carried through blood. "Somebody, somewhere, decided that that was the best most accurate line to take. It was repeatedly used by every minister. We kept repeating that because that was the scientific advice we had until it was perfectl
  16. Content Article
    Needlestick injuries account for 17% of accidents to NHS staff and are the second most common cause of injury, behind moving and handling (nhsemployers.org). The major risk of needlestick injuries is that they can transmit infectious diseases to healthcare workers, especially blood-borne viruses. Many occupational exposure incidents could have been avoided by adopting precautions and by disposing of clinical waste appropriately (nhsemployers.org). Needlestick injuries are wounds caused by needles that accidentally puncture the skin (ccohs.ca). When penetrating the skin, this is called a p
  17. News Article
    From 1974 to 1987, children from Treloar's College, a boarding school for children with physical disabilities, were offered treatment for haemophilia. However, more than 120 children were given contaminated drug which infected many with HIV and viral hepatitis, with at least 72 having died as a result. Treloar's College had a specialist NHS haemophilia centre on site, however, the blood plasma used to make the drug had been imported from overseas. Only 32 out of the 122 children with haemophilia are still alive today. It is hoped that the public inquiry may shed some lig
  18. News Article
    More gay and bisexual men will now be allowed to donate blood after rule change. The new rules which came into effect on World Blood Day mean that men who have sex with other men will now be able to donate blood without being asked about their sexual behaviours. Under the new rules, anyone who has had the same sexual partner for the past three months will be eligible to donate blood, but it will also be based on an individual case by case basis. However, the rules state that anyone who has had anal sex or multiple partners, been exposed to an STI, used pre-exposure prophylaxis
  19. News Article
    Oxford writer Wayne Brown describes how he tried donating blood in the middle of the pandemic last year but was turned away due to his same-sex marriage of 14 years. However, since the ban has been lifted, he has already booked his appointment to donate. Wayne Brown discusses how since the ban has been lifted, it may now mean more progress and positive changes are happening for gay men. Read full story. Source: BBC News, 13 June 2021