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The Update

News for hospitals and the transfusion community produced by Commercial and Customer Services.

PDFs are available in the archive

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03 May 2019

National Blood Transfusion Committee (NBTC) updated Platelet Shortage Plan

The platelet shortage plan operates similarly to the red cell shortage plan with three phases dependent on NHSBT stock levels - Green, Amber and Red

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30 April 2019

NHSBT partners with Sheffield teaching hospitals to expand stem cell and bone marrow collection centre services for donors from DKMS (Delete Blood Cancer) from 1 April 2019

Providing services for DKMS will establish NHSBT as the only NHS provider to all three stem cell and bone marrow registries operating in England.

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26 March 2019

Invitation for TLMs to participate in the NCA's re-audit of the medical use of blood

The project group welcome your input.

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26 March 2019

Final issue of Blood and Transplant Matters publication, March 2019

The publication has been a regular newsletter for hospitals.

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26 March 2019

Changes to HLA selected platelets out of hours service from 13 May 2019

Following consultation a reduced service has been agreed.

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26 March 2019

Please complete our Blood Stocks Management Scheme Inventory Practice Survey asap

To ensure that you can appropriately benchmark yourselves.

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26 February 2019

O D negative K positive and K negative red cells; when is it safe to transfuse?

We need to ensure that O D negative K negative red cells are available for those patients that need this phenotype.

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26 February 2019

Please work with your RCI lab to manage your referrals

Our on call service is available outside core hours to investigate those samples that require results and/or crossmatched red cells that are clinically urgent and cannot wait until the next working day.

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26 February 2019

Importing low-risk vCJD risk plasma from Poland

To ensure sufficiency of supply of MB FFP and MB Cryoprecipitate, we have secured an agreement to import low-risk vCJD plasma from Poland.

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26 February 2019

Low demand patient information leaflets

Once current stocks of these are depleted, some will no longer be available to order as hard copies, however they are available for you to download.