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Tests for Covid 19 on blood donors or donated blood

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Dear NHS Blood and Transplant,

I am really concerned that blood donors aren't being tested for Covid 19 before making a blood donation.

Please could NHSBT answer the following numbered questions and if you are unable to answer a question please explain why.

On NHSBT website -

https://my.blood.co.uk/KnowledgeBase/Ind...

There is advice for people showing symptoms of Coronavirus and advice for people who have knowingly been in contact with someone who has had Coronavirus, however there is no advice for people who could have Coronavirus, but are asymptomatic.

1) What advice does NHSBT give to an asymptomatic donor, as any donor who isn't showing symptoms could be asymptomatic but still have Coronavirus?

2) Can NHSBT confirm that donors are not tested for any Coronaviruses prior to the blood donation procedure?

3) Does NHSBT test for Coronavirus in donated blood?

4) I am assuming that the term Coronavirus used on your website refers to Covid19, can NHSBT confirm that my assumption is correct?

The Common Cold is a coronavirus but on the NHSBT site it is referred to separately as a "cold".
Under "Cold - Contact with : infection" it states "If you are sure you are well and do not have the same symptoms, you may donate. Please let us know if anything develops within 2 weeks of donation"

My understanding is that the cold virus in a blood donation could have a serious deleterious effect on a recipient. Given that Health Secretary Matt Hancock states that Covid19 is asymptomatically transmissible and it's possible to never have any symptoms;

5) How would NHSBT be alerted to possible contamination of the blood supply by a Covid19 asymptomatic blood donor?

Yours Faithfully,

M Jones

Customer Services, NHS Blood and Transplant

Our ref: JR/411065

 

 

Acknowledgement : Information request

 

 

Dear M Jones

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

 

Wayne Lawley

Head of Corporate Communications

 

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Our ref: JR/411065

 

 

Dear M Jones

 

Re: Information request

 

Thank you for your request dated 12^th January 2021 for information from
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) regarding testing of donors for Covid-19
prior to donating.

 

Please see attached our response.

 

I hope this is helpful in addressing your questions. Please quote the
reference number above in any future communications.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Wayne Lawley

Head of Corporate Communications

 

E-mail: [1][email address]  

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
you should write to: Customer Services Operations Manager, NHS Blood and
Transplant, Charcot Road, Colindale, NW9 5BG (Email:
[email address]).

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

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Do something amazing today - Give Blood.
Organ donation. The gift of life.
You can visit us at [2]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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2. http://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/

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