Blood

Testing 1-[2]-3

Part 2 – Screening for infections Screening blood for infections sounds very simple but the more you know about it the less simple it becomes….. So, to start with, on every donation we test for some ‘mandatory’ markers. The fact that they are mandatory mean that we will not routinely issue the blood before the

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Celebrating

It has felt like a really busy week, not least because I had Friday off so wanted to get everything done in less time. Monday started at home, making calls and preparing for my speech to the National Awards ceremony, of which more later. This is a slightly longer blog than usual as I wanted

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Performing

I started the week in Watford with a series of internal meetings and 121s. Tuesday was in London, kicking off with a presentation to the Department of Health Senior team. I presented what NHSBT does, and what we could do to help all parts of the DH agenda. Everyone acknowledged that whilst they knew about

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South West

I started the week in London, with a couple of calls before heading over to Euston to sign a partnership agreement with UNISON. We have always had constructive relationships with our trades unions on employee relations matters, but this is the first time we have worked with a union to promote donation. I spoke at

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Antibodies

I started the week in London, first catching up with some calls before going down to the West End Donor Centre to give blood. I was donating with Orin Lewis who runs the Leukaemia charity ACLT. ACLT was set up by Orin and his wife in memory of their son Daniel who sadly died after

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