Patient NHS numbers required for all H&I and PGI orders

From September 2019

From September 2019, billing for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (H&I) and Platelet and Granulocyte Immunology (PGI) will only include NHS number to identify the patient. We will no longer include patient name and date of birth to comply with data protection laws. Whilst we appreciate NHS Number is still Patient Identifiable Information (PII) as defined under GDPR, it is accepted practice to share this data between NHS bodies and our other customers to enable payment. 

Please supply a NHS number with every order to ensure you can identify the patients you are being billed for. If you don’t supply a NHS number both your hospital and NHSBT will face a considerable administrative burden in handling payment and attributing costs to patient care. Please help us, and your hospital payments team, by supplying a NHS number with every order. 

Linda Haigh - Assistant Director, Finance Operations