The Update

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

Print versions of each month's Update are available in the archive


24 May 2019

Washed red cell haematocrit

Washed Red Cell component currently has a higher mean haematocrit (0.68) than standard Red Cells in Additive (0.58)

24 May 2019

Online Blood Ordering System (OBOS): version 8.2.3 release on 10 June 2019

Details of updates in this release

24 May 2019

Updated information for Molecular Diagnostics published on the IBGRL website

Details the updated information

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

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.

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.

26 March 2019

Final issue of Blood and Transplant Matters publication, March 2019

The publication has been a regular newsletter for hospitals.

26 March 2019

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

Following consultation a reduced service has been agreed.

26 March 2019

Please complete our Blood Stocks Management Scheme Inventory Practice Survey asap

To ensure that you can appropriately benchmark yourselves.

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.