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Webinar on 3 June 1pm: update on the convalescent plasma trials

Invitation and joining instructions

Referring patients

How to make a referral 

Telephone: phone 0300 020 0496 and select the option (for example, press 2 for Bristol, 3 for London) to be directed to the unit you wish to make the referral to.

Email: email the referral forms to the TAS unit.

Urgent referrals (treatment needed with 48 hours) need to be discussed with both the unit nurses and consultant covering. Please contact the unit first, who will confirm the contact details for the covering medic.

Non-urgent referrals will be screened by the clinical team, who will contact you if required.

Medical cover is provided by a local lead clinician, with periods of leave covered by NHSBT consultants elsewhere in the country. Non-urgent questions can be sent directly to the unit consultant, however please also copy in the TAS unit email address so your message can be forwarded onto the appropriate person if the unit consultant is away.

Referrals outside normal working hours

Please call the number you would use during normal working hours, 0300 020 0496, and select the on-call option. Alternatively, you can phone your Hospital Services department and ask to be transferred to the on call patient clinical team consultant who will discuss your patient referral with you and make the necessary arrangements to treat your patient. 

Trusts with a service level agreement

If your Trust has a service level agreement with TAS you can refer a patient using the relevant referral form:

Request for therapeutic apheresis

Request for therapeutic plasma exchange

Request for Extracorporeal Photopheresis (ECP) for GvHD

Request for Extracorporeal Photopheresis (ECP) for CTCL

Request for stem cell collection referral

Please email the form to your TAS unit 

Trusts without a service level agreement with TAS

Please contact your TAS unit to discuss service provision then complete this agreement form and email to your TAS consultant or lead nurse.

Helpful information when making a referral

Patients referred for apheresis procedures will require good venous access to support the blood flow to and from the apheresis equipment. Peripheral veins can be used where suitable however where peripheral veins cannot or are unlikely to be able to support the blood flow rates required by the equipment during the procedure (or course of procedures) then central venous access will be required.

Venous access requirements for apheresis

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