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COVID-19

Clinical guidelines

Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have provided some guidance to maximise the safety of patients requiring HSCT while protecting staff from infection. 

(published 2 April)

Thrombotic thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP)

Prof. Marie Scully has provided an update on behalf of the TTP Network advising of the risks associated with COVID-19 in TTP patients

(published 2 April)

Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia

The Haemoglobinopathy Co-ordinating Centres have developed advice for the management of COVID-19 in patients with Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassaemia. 

BSH COVID-19 updates

(published 23 March)


Operational updates

Bristol unit returns to original address from 10 August 2020

Following a temporary relocation in April, our unit returns to:

Level 7 (location D702) Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, Horfield Road, Bristol BS2 8ED, on 10 August. 

We're changing our opening times to accommodate reduced capacity due to social distancing measures:

  • Monday to Friday 7:30am - 6pm
  • Saturday 8am - 4pm

(published 7 September)

Birmingham unit relocation from 21 July 2020

For patients / visitors to the unit, please attend the Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Centre at City Hospital on the first floor (D19) as usual and staff will direct you to the unit from there. 

Therapeutic Apheresis Service - D19
Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre
Haemaglobinopathy Unit
City Hospital
Dudley Road
Winson Green
Birmingham
B18 7QH
Tel: 0121 471 2563
 
(published 21 July)

Patient website

Our patient-facing website is being regularly updated (published 2 April).

Risk mitigation

Our services are currently operating as per national guidance (such as Public Health England and NICE) and we are regularly reviewing operations with internal and external stakeholders. We are currently undertaking the following measures to ensure risks are minimised:

  • If you wish to refer a patient positive for COVID-19, please discuss this with your TAS unit
  • All staff members with symptoms of a new continuous cough or high temperature should stay at home and self-isolate
  • TAS units should be kept up to date with your local Trust arrangements for management of the coronavirus 

(published 23 March)