Haematology Guidelines

The Guidelines are organised by clinical area (haemato-oncology, general haematology, haemostasis and thrombosis and blood transfusion) and by status (whether they are current, archived or works in progress).  They can be arranged either by date of publication OR alphabetically by 'topic' by clicking the arrows next to the column headings. The recommendations made by guidelines are reviewed regularly by the writing groups.  They are updated as required and will be rewritten if changes are needed.  Guidelines that are no longer valid will be archived.

Example:  to view all current haemostasis and thrombosis guidelines press the 'haemostasis and thrombosis' tab and the 'current' tab.  To view guidelines in production on blood transfusion, press the 'blood transfusion' and the 'works in progress' tab. 

Search:  The search function only works WITHIN THE PARAMETERS YOU HAVE SELECTED.  Therefore to search all clinical areas please ensure you have selected 'All' in the clinical area tabs.  Similarly if you want to search current, archived and works in progress, you must select 'ALL' from those options. 

Review :  Guidelines are reviewed every six months and are all current.

Date :  This is the year the guidelines were last updated.

To view Archived Guidelines, please click here

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If you cannot find the guideline you are searching for or have any other query please send us an email by clicking here.

Please note: this organisation cannot give advice on individual patient management.

Become Involved

There are many ways for members of the British Society for Haematology to become involved in BCSH from joining the sounding board that reviews and comments on the guidelines prior to publication to becoming part of the guideline Writing Groups or Task Forces.

Suggest a Guideline

BCSH welcomes suggested topics for new guidelines, which will be considered by the relevant Task Force.

Haematology Guidelines

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IT, information technology

IT in blood transfusion 2014 Pdf Pdf

Prophylactic Anti-D immunoglobin

Prophylactic Anti-D immunoglobin AMENDMENT 2014 Pdf

Prophylactic anti-D immunoglobulin

BCSH guideline for the use of anti-D immunoglobin for the prevention of haemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn 2014 Pdf Pdf

Red cells, critical care

Red cells in critical care 2012 Pdf

Irradiated blood

Addendum to guidelines on the use of irradiated blood components
This addendum is in relation to patients receiving T-cell depleting agents such as alemtuzumab for non-haematological indications including solid organ transplantation, multiple sclerosis and vasculitis.
2012 Pdf

Pre-transfusion compatibility

Guidelines for pre-transfusion compatibility procedures in blood transfusion laboratories
The gap analysis tool (audit template) only covers areas specific to pre-transfusion testing or interaction with the IT systems. It does not cover general quality issues. It can be downloaded as a word document.
Please note minor error in text: In Section 7.15.4 it mentions 7.14.3 this is incorrect. It should read section 7.15.3.
2012 Pdf Pdf Pdf

Blood Components

Addendum to Administration of Blood Components 2012 Pdf


Guideline on the investigation and management of Acute Transfusion Reactions
The BCSH pdf version is more extensive than the published version.
2012 Pdf Pdf

Iron Deficiency

UK Guidelines on the management of iron deficiency in pregnancy 2011 Pdf Pdf

Validation and qualification

Validation and qualification, including change control, for hospital transfusion laboratories
Please see also the appendices to this guideline.
2011 Pdf
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