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14 October update on NHSBT's state of readiness for EU exit

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2018

December

Action - no items for action

Information
Conserving the supply of A D Negative platelets
Red blood cells from the Welsh Blood Service
Use of fax machines

November

Action
Please review your platelet ordering practice
Please follow our process for reporting leaking red cell and platelet packs
SHOT Symposium 9 July 2019 - call for abstracts by 26 April 2019

Information
Service provision for the holiday period December 2018 to January 2019: IBGRL; Deliveries, RCI, H&I 
Blood Stock Management System Consultant reports; Annual Report 2017-18
Updated children's information leaflets: 'The Amazing You' and 'Voyages on the microsub discovery'

October

Action
Please take part in our Patient Blood Management (PBM) survey
Please destroy your old printed copies of the Sp-ICE user guide

Information
Fetal RHD screening test: our answers to your questions
Online Blood Ordering System (OBOS): version 8.1.3 release on 11 November 2018 and national roll-out of new reconciliation function on 19 November 2018
Updated "Don't use two when one will do" platelet poster
Our 'Portfolio of Blood Components and Guidance for their Clinical Use' has been revised 

September

Action - no items for action

Information
Learning captured from 2018 Blood Stocks Management Scheme Roadshow workshops
Protecting patient information sent via Electronic Despatch Note (EDN), Stock Management Service VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory) systems
SHOT staff changes and annual symposiums 2018, 2019
Updated 'Iron in your diet' patient information leaflet

August

Action
Please update your LIM system with new Donation Identification Number (DIN) sequence
Register for free symposium: Advances in Transfusion Practice 12 November 2018

Information
New NHSBT antenatal screening and diagnostic services suite
Reinstatement of Blood Stocks Management Scheme's red cell budget report from 8 September
Communications with Hospitals - change to systems
Appointment of Sally Johnson as interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at NHSBT 

July

Action
No items 

Information
Clarification on the 60-minute rule for the removal of red cells from temperature-controlled environments in NHSBT and hospitals
Annual SHOT Report 2017
New irradiator indicator labels

June

Action
Please use our address labels for sample boxes

Information
Presentations from 2018 Blood Stocks Management Scheme roadshow are now available

Training
Animation of the pre-administration blood component transfusion bedside check

May

Action
Review your stockholding using the Platelet Stock Algorithm
Review your stockholding of AB red cells to meet patient need
Register for the 2018 SHOT Symposium

Information
How to amend or cancel standing orders in OBOS
New supplier of blood packs
Upgrade of Specialist Services Electronic Reporting System (Sp-ICE)
NHSBT Stand-by Issue System - Change to Dispatch Note

April

Action
Register to attend the SHOT Symposium 2018

Information
Managing patients who require monoclonal antibody therapy
Changes to RCI antenatal reports
Blood and Transplant Matters Issue 53
Delay in the introduction of new transition pack labels
AB Red Cells – the right stock to meet patient need
New Invoice Backing Data

March

Action
Register for the Blood Stocks Management Scheme (BSMS) 2018 roadshow

Information
Blood Stocks Management Scheme (BSMS) website
New infographics produced by the Platelet Action Group
New regional Stem Cell Collection Centre in Oxford for British Bone Marrow Registry donors
Change to Pack Labels

February

Action
Register to attend the SHOT symposium 2018

Information
New infographics produced by the Platelet Action Group 
Online Blood Ordering System (OBOS) Reconciliation
YouTube Video on the British Society of Haematology (BSH) guideline for administration of blood components
Therapeutic Apheresis Services (TAS) launch newsletter

January

Action
Register for SHOT symposium 2018
Subscribe to receive email notifications from the Joint United Kingdom (UK) Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services Professional Advisory Committee (JPAC) website

Information
Si Graham joins the SHOT (Serious Hazards of Transfusion) team
The IBGRL fetal RHD screening user guide has been updated
Blood pack validations
New component labels
Manually washed red cells in place of automated washed red cells