Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

NHSBT's Red Cells

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

NHSBT's Platelets

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

Participation in the clinical trials for convalescent plasma research

RECOVERY: This trial has stopped

More information

Read our 15 January communication

REMAP-CAP: This trial is paused and is entering into the data analysis phase

Read our 8 January communication

Our answers to your questions about the trials

Answers to your questions

Our process and planning for the trials

Please visit the COVID-19 research web site for information on process and planning for the convalescent plasma programme. 

Find out more about process and planning

Blood supply updates

20 January 2021

  • This communication is to inform you about continuing drive to maximise the collection of high antibody titre CCP
  • Please continue to hold on to any unused CCP

Read 20 January update

14 December 2020

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

Read 14 December 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.