Blood donations from prisoners

Perry Icso made this Freedom of Information request to NHS Blood and Transplant

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Dear NHS Blood and Transplant,

1) Please confirm that you do not collect blood from serving prisoners, and if this is the case, please outline the reasons.

2) As regards mobile donation sessions for whole blood in typical community venues, please give details of the minimum expected number of donations that you require in order to consider a session practically viable.

3) Please give details of any estimates you have made regarding the number of donations from clinically eligible donors that you could expect to collect in a typical session in a prison if you were to conduct such sessions.

Yours faithfully,
Perry Icso

Customer Services, NHS Blood and Transplant

Our ref: SD/242217

Acknowledgement : Information request

Dear Perry Icso

Thank you for your request for information.

I acknowledge your request to access information from NHS Blood and
Transplant (NHSBT) and am presently dealing with your request under the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We aim to reply within 20
working days.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely

Ian Hamerton

Head of Donor Services

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Our ref: SD/242217

Dear Perry Icso

Re: Information request

Thank you for your request dated the 9^th May 2013, for information from
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) regarding information on our prisoner
policy.

Please find attached the information in response to your request.

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Ian Hamerton

Head of Donor Services

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Dear Customer Services,

Thank you for your response. I am writing for clarification of your response.

Regarding your response to question 1, is your position that:

(a) being in prison is a specific additional risk factor of its own, over and above the ones that you screen for via your usual donor questionnaire, or

(b) just that being in prison increases the chance that one or more of the risk factors already screened for via the questionnaire will apply?

(Or something other than a or b?)

This is an important distinction, and I need to be absolutely clear which you are saying. Your statement that "any individual prisoner may not be at 'high risk'" hints at (b), which would seem to imply that that if a prisoner were to pass the usual screening, then they would be safe to donate (even though you anticipate that many would not pass it). However, I would like you to confirm.

Depending on your answer to this, I may also need clarification of your response to question 3, but I will await your response to the above before asking about that if necessary.

Yours sincerely,
Perry Icso

Customer Services, NHS Blood and Transplant

Our ref: SD/243733

Dear Perry Icso

Acknowledgement

Thank you for making us aware of your comments.

We aim to respond within 20 working days.

In the meantime, if you have any urgent queries, please call our customer
services team on 01923 367 643 and we will be happy to help.

Yours sincerely

Ian Hamerton

Head of Donor Services

E-mail: [email address]

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Dear Customer Services,

Thank you for your acknowledgment.

My question was a request for clarification of your response to my original question, rather than a new query. Correspondingly, I would expect a response very much more quickly than another 20 working days. Until clarification is received, I am publicly categorising the status of the original query on whatdotheyknow.com as "still waiting for a response".

Yours sincerely,
Perry Icso

Dear Customer Services,

Still waiting...

Yours sincerely,
Perry Icso

Customer Services, NHS Blood and Transplant

Our ref: SD/243733

Dear Perry Icso

Thank you for taking the time to contact us.

I can confirm that we are currently dealing with your request and we aim
to respond as soon as possible.

Once again, thank you for contacting us and for your patience.

Yours sincerely

Ian Hamerton

Head of Donor Services

E-mail: [email address]

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
NHS Blood and Transplant
Do something amazing today - Give Blood.
Organ donation. The gift of life.
You can visit us at [1]www.nhsbt.nhs.uk
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The views expressed in this e-mail are those of the sender, and not
necessarily those of NHS Blood and Transplant.
This text confirms that this e-mail message and its attachments have been
swept for the presence of computer viruses by NHS Blood and Transplant,
however we cannot guarantee that they are virus free.
All e-mails and their attachments to and from the nhsbt.nhs.uk domain may
be archived, and their contents monitored.

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Dear Customer Services,

Understood, but please be aware that all this correspondence is being copied to a public website, and that the weeks that it takes you just to clarify what you meant by your earlier statement will reflect on you accordingly.

Yours sincerely,
Perry Icso

Customer Services, NHS Blood and Transplant

Our ref: SD/243733

Dear Perry Icso

Further to your follow up enquiry regarding the information we sent you in
response to your Freedom of Information request. I am writing to advise
you that we are able to provide you with the following information in
response to your enquiry.

Regarding your response to question 1, is your position that:

(a) being in prison is a specific additional risk factor of its own, over
and above the ones that you screen for via your usual donor questionnaire,
or

(b) Just that being in prison increases the chance that one or more of the
risk factors already screened for via the questionnaire will apply?

(Or something other than a or b?)

The lifestyle and behaviour of many prisoners means that, by just being in
prison, there is an increased chance that one of more of the risk factors
for blood borne infections screened by the donor health questionnaire will
apply e.g. previous intravenous drug use and deferrals for tattoos and
piercings.

With the higher proportion of prisoners ineligible than in the general
population is it likely that, in practice, many of the prisoners would not
meet the donor selection guidelines and that a prison session dedicated
for prisoners would collect only a limited number of donations even in a
very large prison.

In addition the stringent security regulations in HM Prisons mean the
logistics for collecting blood at prisons would be very complex and
potentially prohibitive.

NHSBT will still allow a prisoner, out of prison on licence, to donate at
a public session if they can attend a normal community session and fulfil
all the donor selection criteria. NHSBT does not ask any donor about a
history of custody.

There has not been a blood shortage in this country for many years. NHSBT
is able to meet all hospital demand for blood without the need to collect
blood from groups of the population that have been assessed as being at a
statistically increased risk of carrying blood-borne viruses. It is
unlikely, therefore, to be an efficient use of public resources to attempt
to do this.

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely

Ian Hamerton

Head of Donor Services

E-mail: [email address]

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
NHS Blood and Transplant
Do something amazing today - Give Blood.
Organ donation. The gift of life.
You can visit us at [1]www.nhsbt.nhs.uk
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The views expressed in this e-mail are those of the sender, and not
necessarily those of NHS Blood and Transplant.
This text confirms that this e-mail message and its attachments have been
swept for the presence of computer viruses by NHS Blood and Transplant,
however we cannot guarantee that they are virus free.
All e-mails and their attachments to and from the nhsbt.nhs.uk domain may
be archived, and their contents monitored.

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