Patient Information Leaflets

All files are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you have any problems opening the links 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. 

Developed by the South East Coast transfusion practitioners to help Trusts to Promote the awareness and use of patient information leaflets. The poster can be adapted and updated as necessary. 

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
This leaflet 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)

Parents' Guide 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.

Cell salvage patient factsheet (PDF)

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

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

Further patient information is available on