Patient Information Leaflets

If you have any problems accessing the files please call the Customer Service Support Team on 01865 381010. 

Electronic ordering

Resources on this page can be ordered from the distribution hub unless otherwise stated. On your first visit to the distribution hub you will need to create an account, please read our guidance document for instructions.

Promoting the leaflets

A poster, to help Trusts promote the awareness and use of patient information leaflets has been developed by the South East Coast transfusion practitioners. Please feel free to adapt the poster for your own use.


As part of our culture for continuous improvement, NHSBT’s Patient Blood Management team would welcome your feedback on our patient information leaflets.  Our "Iron in your diet" is under review and your feedback is invaluable in this process; please email your comments to us at


Blood Groups and Red Cell Antibodies in Pregnancy (PDF) Revised July 2017
This leaflet explains why blood groups and antibodies are important in pregnancy.

Patient Blood Management (PDF) Revised March 2017

Patients with sickle cell disease who may need a blood transfusion (PDF) Revised January 2017

Iron in your diet (PDF) Revised November 2016
Helps patients to understand the importance of iron in their diet and what can happen if they have low iron levels. The leaflet has been produced in collaboration with the British Dietetic Association and has information on foods that are rich in iron.

Protecting women and babies with anti-D Immunoglobulin (PDF) Revised October 2016

What is Anaemia? (PDF) Revised October 2016
Gives an overview of what Anaemia is and the options of treatment which may include a blood transfusion. 

Information for patients who have received an unexpected blood transfusion (PDF) Revised October 2016

Will my baby need a blood transfusion? (PDF) Revised June 2016
A parents/guardians guide explaining why a blood transfusion may be necessary.

Fresh Frozen Plasma and Cryoprecipitate (PDF) Revised June 2016
Provides information and describes the components and their uses as part of a treatment process. 

Will I need a platelet transfusion? (PDF) Revised June 2016
Why you might need a platelet transfusion, the risks and benefits and how will you feel during a platelet transfusion. 

Will I need a blood transfusion? (PDF) Revised October 2016
Why you might need a blood transfusion, the risks and benefits and how will you feel during a blood transfusion. 

Information for patients needing irradiated blood (PDF) Revised October 2016
Why is irradiated blood needed? Do all types of blood need to be irradiated? Does irradiation damage the blood?

Will my child need a plasma transfusion? (PDF) Revised October 2016
Important information for parents of babies and young children receiving fresh frozen plasma.                                                                                        

HDN Awareness Booklet (PDF)  
A resource to raise awareness amongst patients and healthcare professionals around advances in the prevention and treatment of Haemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn.

Will your child need a blood transfusion? and Children's Leaflets (PDF)
Information for parents and guardians about what to expect if a child needs a blood transfusion and accompanying booklets 'Amazing You' for younger children and 'Voyages on the Microsub Discovery' for older children. Amazing You explains to young children, through illustrations all about blood, red cells, white cells and platelets. The Voyages on the Microsub Discovery explains to older children, through illustrations and cartoons, why a blood transfusion may be needed.

Cell salvage patient factsheets 
Information for patients on the use of Cell Salvage.

Platelet Groups & Antibodies in Pregnancy (PDF)
These leaflets are not available for routine ordering. They are sent out routinely with the report and card if a positive assay has been found. If the mother / patient has lost their leaflet or not received it additional copies can be obtained by writing to
H & I, NHS Blood and Transplant, North Bristol Park, Northway, Filton, Bristol BS34 7QH

Autologous Serum Eyedrops (PDF) for patients using autologous serum eyedrops. Versions are available for the visually impaired.

Therapeutic Apheresis Services patient and donor leaflets 

H & I patient information leaflets