Following on from the introduction of anti-HBc testing to detect Occult Hepatitis B and roll out of testing from May 2022, NHSBT have now distributed all stock from donors who had not received an anti-HBc test.
This means that from 9th August all components distributed by NHSBT will have been donated by a donor that has had a negative anti-HBc test at this, or a previous donation.
This is an additional safety measure that was introduced to maintain the safety of our components. We encourage hospitals to use up any frozen components issued prior to the introduction of anti-HBc testing.
Dr Su Brailsford - Consultant in Epidemiology and Health Protection, Interim Clinical Director Microbiology and Public Health