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Support for people who may have been affected by infected blood. nhs.uk/infected-blood-support

Joint statement in response to the infected blood inquiry report publication from Mr David Crampsey, Executive Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Ray Smith Chief Medical Officer at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

“We offer our profound apologies to anyone who may have received infected blood products at our hospitals between the 1970s and the early 1990s.

We acknowledge and fully accept that for those affected this was a catastrophic event, with devastating consequences. This did not just impact patients, but also their families, and the impact has lasted for decades. We recognise that no apology can bring back loved ones, or alleviate the distress and grief caused by the failures, but we are extremely sorry for any instances where patients did not receive the level of care they rightly expected from us.

We would like to stress that today, blood transfusions in the UK are extremely safe.  All blood donors are screened at every donation and every donation is tested before it is sent to hospitals. Blood services and blood safety has been transformed, not only in terms of technological advances in testing but also in the way donors are recruited and checked they are safe to donate.

Together and alongside all other trusts in our region, we will carefully consider every recommendation of the report and, in partnership with patients and their families, will address them and learn from them.

If you have any queries about your care please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Services (PALS) on the numbers below:

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust – 01535 294019 or email anhsft.patientadvice@nhs.net.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – 01274 364810 or email patient.experience@bthft.nhs.uk

Message from the NHS:

We know that people may be concerned about their own health following recent media coverage, so the NHS has set up a new online resource for patients and the public to find help and support – https://nhs.uk/infected-blood-support

If you had a blood transfusion or blood products before 1996, there’s a chance you may have been given infected blood.

Since 1991, all blood donated in the UK is screened and distributed by NHS Blood and Transplant following rigorous safety standards and testing to protect both donors and patients.

Since testing has been introduced, the risk of getting an infection from a blood transfusion or blood products is very low.

All blood donors are screened at every donation and every donation is tested before it is sent to hospitals. Blood services and blood safety has been transformed, not only in terms of technological advances in testing but also in the way donors are recruited and checked they are safe to donate.

Given the time that has elapsed since the last use of infected blood products, most of those who were directly affected have been identified and started appropriate treatment. However, there may be a small number of patients where this is not the case, and particularly where they are living with asymptomatic hepatitis C.

If you are concerned about a possible hepatitis C infection, you can book a home NHS test online.

The tests are free and confidential. To receive a self-testing kit which can be quickly dispatched to your home visit hepctest.nhs.uk.

Hepatitis B is also linked to infected blood. This usually clears up on its own without treatment, but could develop into chronic hepatitis B.  There is more information here – hepatitis B information

HIV testing is also provided to anyone free of charge on the NHS.  Home testing and home sampling kits are also available.  You can find out more about HIV testing and the HIV testing services search tool on the NHS website.

More details about the safety of blood from donations in England are available here:  https://www.blood.co.uk/the-donation-process/further-information/your-safety/

PALS team

You can also contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service if you have any concerns or questions about your care.  Please phone 01535 294019 or email anhsft.patientadvice@nhs.net.