The Update Archive



Please help us by using our new delivery point stickers
Register for SHOT Symposium before 30 June 2017

Entering frozen components wastage data in VANESA v4.0
Using short journey containers for inter and intra hospital deliveries
New Automated Red Cell Exchange clinic for paediatrics in Leeds
Monitoring after carrying out non-invasive fetal K (KEL*01) genotyping 


Download the latest Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (H&I) User Guide
Register now for the Blood Stocks Management Scheme (BSMS) Roadshows 2017

Upgrade of Specialist Services Electronic Reporting System (SpICE) on 7 June
New Blood Components app


Please use the blood transfusion bedside checklist to support safe transfusion
Remember to register for the SHOT symposium: the keynote speaker is Phil Hammond on Patient Safety 

Revised Patient Blood Management – Information for patient leaflet
Invitation to attend Blood Stocks Management Scheme’s Managing the Nation’s Blood Supply roadshow
Blood Stocks Management Scheme monitoring VANESA activity
Review of residual viral risk from new and repeat blood donors in the UK
Component terminology and harmonisation


Please inform hospital contacts not to use the platelet transfusion mobile site
Please share your good practice for O D Neg red cells
We want to improve our web presence and need your help!

Price changes 2017/18: Apheresis platelets, red blood cells, collection charges
Revised Sickle Cell Disease patient information leaflet
Clinical audit of RCI on-call referrals starting 1 April 2017
RCI laboratories accredited to ISO15189
SHOT symposium: keynote speaker, Phil Hammond on Patient Safety
Posters to raise awareness of 24 hours notice for requests for HLA matched platelets
New resources added to a reviewed platelet page on the Hospitals and Science web site


Please add new product codes for washed red cells by end February
Ordering HEV screened blood components & introducing 100% screening
New referral forms and user guides for referring samples to Molecular Diagnostics for your team’s attention
Register for SHOT symposium

Blood pack validations: appearance of packs may differ slightly
New PBM bookmarks and revised patient information leaflet
Group AB Pooled Cryoprecipitate stock
Our Satisfaction Survey
Availability of Specialist Components from Stock Holding Units 


Please update your bookmark for the Blood Stocks Management Scheme website
Register for SHOT symposium 12 July 2017
Referring samples to RCI laboratories from patients receiving Daratumumab (anti-CD38) therapy for treatment of multiple myeloma

NICE quality standards issued for blood transfusion December 2016
SHOT newsletter Winter 2016
RCI reporting of obstetric cases: Antenatal reporting in line with BSH guideline, 1 February 2017 & review of the application of Uncertainty of Measurement in Fetomaternal Haemorrhage


  • December
    Placing blood orders for patients with Sickle Cell Disease
    Please give us your feedback on Transport’s new web page Donation Identification Number (DIN) sequences for LIM systems
    BSH guidelines on Transfusion for fetuses, neonates and older children for the attention of Paediatric and Neonatal teams

    Live OBOS version 7.3.3 release Sunday 15 January 2017
    Tools for National Blood Transfusion Committee (NBTC) Indication Codes for Transfusion
    Universal Human T-Lyphotophic Virus (HTLV) will cease 15 January 2017  

  • November
    Revisions to Iron in your diet patient information leaflet and educational resources
    Invitation to submit an abstract for the SHOT Symposium 12 July 2017

   Choosing Wisely UK campaign launch
   NICE guidance for fetal Rh D genotype
   RCI will be changing the wording of reports for feto-maternal haemorrhage        investigations

  • October
    Updated Emergency Blood Management Plans - for the attention of transfusion team
    Scientific & Clinical Courses: Book early for 2017 and remaining spaces for this year
    Ordering Revised Patient Information Leaflets

   New monthly BSMS O D Neg Report
   National Leadership in Transfusion Conference 1 February 2017
   National Paediatric and Neonatal Transfusion Conference 2 February 2017
   Using and labelling on NHSBT Transport Containers
   New OBOS version 7.3.2 Release
   Limited Group AB Pooled Cryoprecipitate Stock

  • September
    Customer Service Response Desk
    Removal of red cells from a controlled temperature environment
    Farewell to Teresa Allen and Elaine MacRate 

  • August
    Scientific & Clinical Courses
    IT Maintenance - OBOS and EDN Downtime 

  Core Systems Modernisation Programme
  New Automated Red Cell Exchange Service in Birmingham
  SHOT Symposium – 12 July 2017
  Blood Pack Validations
  Serving our customers: are hospitals satisfied? 

  • July
    Save one O D Neg a week campaign, O D Neg Toolkit

   SHOT Annual Report for events reported in 2015
   Patient Information Leaflets and Educational Resources
   National Paediatric Conference
   Haemoglobinopathy Genotyping Initiative – close of project
   New genotype tests and pricing at IBGRL
   Replacement of 3 part paper issue note and OBOS development

  • June
    Online blood ordering system (OBOS) version 7.2.3 release
    National Commissioning Group Planning for 2017 

  Sp-ICE - Important Browser Information
  Updated Guidance on Training and Assessment in Blood Transfusion and the National Standards for   the Clinical Transfusion Process
  Provision of Ro Blood for Sickle Cell Disease
  Annual SHOT Symposium 2016 – Last chance to register
  Revised patient information leaflets
  Pooled Granulocyte – change to storage pack 

  • May
    - Ordering patient information leaflets and educational resources
    - Standing Orders in OBOS
    - Last chance for testing haemoglobinopathy samples at no extra cost

    - New British Society for Haematology Guidelines
    - Blood Stocks Management Scheme Educational Roadshows

          - Annual SHOT Symposium 2016 Registration Now Open

  • April
    - Introduction of  three new FFP product bar codes
    - Questions about blood transfusion and blood donation? We want to hear from you
    - An affordable and comprehensive DNA test to diagnose rare inherited diseases

- Blood Component Temperature Excursion
- Customer Satisfaction
- Blood Stocks Management Scheme Educational Roadshows
- Extension of the post-thaw shelf life of FFP for Major Haemorrhage
- HEV negative components - further information

  •  March 
    - Red book Survey
    - Questions about blood transfusion and blood donation? We want to hear from you
    - Ordering HLA/HPA Products on OBOS
    - You can stop RCI Hard Copy Reports, NHSBT will supply blank Antibody Cards

    - New resources to support the introduction of Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) negative blood components
    - NHS Blood and Transplant appoints new Medical and Research Director
    - NHSBT Data Centre Move-Update
    - NHSBT Recalls: Information Flowcharts new version release


   MSc in Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences
   Path Transfusion Medicine Symposium 2016
   Spotlight on the Practical Introduction to Transfusion Science

  Action - Update on Extended Blood Group Testing for patients with Sickle Cell     and Thalassaemia Disorders

  From 1st March 2016 NHSBT Filton plans to reduce the amount of CMV screening   it performs
  Updated SHOT Reporting Definitions, including reference to HEV negative    components
  Forthcoming extension to post-thaw expiry of FFP

  • January
    Action - New OBOS 7.1.5 Release

    NHSBT TACSI Platelet Production
    Customer Satisfaction
    Patient Blood Management (PBM) Team PBM Newsletter Issue 5
    Consent pages on the Hospitals and Science website
    Single Unit Transfusion Policy – Implementation Guide
    An invitation to help to identify the uncertainties that surround Blood Transfusion and Blood Donation



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