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Increase in demand for O D negative red cells. Updated guidance published by the National Blood Transfusion Committee

Letter of communication 18 July 2019

Request for emergency delivery

Emergency delivery process (during OBOS downtime) 

The hospital blood transfusion laboratory must:

  • Complete the relevant sections of the emergency component request form
  • Fax this form to your local blood centre
  • Telephone to confirm receipt. This call marks the start time of the delivery
  • Please confirm details such as target delivery time during the call 

In extraordinary circumstances we will issue products without a fax, but hospitals must recognise that mistakes are possible where written confirmation of an order is not received.

Without the confirmation telephone call there is a risk that these requests are not processed immediately.