Consent for Blood Transfusion

Transfusion Information for Patients and Guidance for Healthcare Practitioners in the UK

It is a general legal and ethical principle that valid consent should be obtained from a patient before they are treated. In October 2020, the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) published a report ‘Patient Consent for Blood Transfusion’

This report updates SaBTO’s 2011 recommendations on patient consent for a blood transfusion, following stakeholder consultation in June 2020.  The UK and Ireland Blood Transfusion Network led development of resources for patients and healthcare practitioners to assist the consent process. These are published on the Joint United Kingdom (UK) Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services Professional Advisory Committee (JPAC) website.

If you are a patient and would like further information on blood transfusion please click on the following link to bring you to the relevant pages on the JPAC website: https://www.transfusionguidelines.org/transfusion-practice/consent-for-blood-transfusion/consent-information-for-patients

If you require a patient information leaflet in a language other than English, we have provided leaflets in a number of different languages.  Please click on the link below to be taken to the JPAC website where they provide a number of translations: https://www.transfusionguidelines.org/transfusion-practice/consent-for-blood-transfusion/consent-information-for-patients/receiving-a-blood-transfusion-patient-information-leaflet-translations

If you are a healthcare practitioner and require information on Consent for Blood Transfusion, please click on the following link to bring you to the relevant pages on the JPAC website: https://www.transfusionguidelines.org/transfusion-practice/consent-for-blood-transfusion/guidance-for-healthcare-practitioners-involved-in-this-role

If you have any difficulties accessing these resources or have further queries please contact: medicalsupport@nibts.hscni.net