Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and updates to help clinical and laboratory staff manage the impact of COVID-19

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O- 8 days, A- 11 days, B- 9 days, AB- 11 days, O+ 9 days, A+ 9 days, B+ 10 days, AB+ 10 days 

Refer to the red cell shortage plan if stocks fall to less than 2 days 

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O- 1.7 days, A- 1.5 days, B- 1.6 days, AB- 2.3 days, O+ 1.3 days, A+ 1.5 days, B+ 2.2 days, AB+ 2.5 days 

Refer to the platelet shortage plan if stocks fall to 0.5 days or less

Blood supply updates

17 March 

  • Please continue to store any unused CCP pending further information from NHSBT

Read 17 March update

22 February 

  • Intelligence to support demand forecasting 
  • Stock management
  • Maintaining supply of blood components

Read 22 February update 

Read 20 January update


Read our archived updates


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Please be aware of the changes to testing and referring for:

Updates relating to: 

  • TAS - clinical and operational
  • Stem cells - NICE rapid guidance on haemopoietic stem cell transplantation 

Survey of blood component requirements in COVID-19 patients 

The aim of the survey is to establish levels of blood component use by swab positive COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital.