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  Guidelines that are no longer valid will be archived.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 BSH Guidelines 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

BSH Guidelines welcome suggested topics for new guidelines, which will be considered by the relevant Task Force.

Haematology Guidelines

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Platelet transfusion

Use of Platelet Transfusions 2016 Pdf

Red Cell Transfusion in Sickle Cell Disease

Red Cell Transfusion in Sickle Cell Disease. Part 1: Principles and Laboratory Aspects. 2016 Pdf

Red Cell Transfusion in Sickle Cell Disease

Red Cell Transfusion in Sickle Cell Disease. Part II: Indications for Transfusion 2016 Pdf


Addendum to BCSH Guidelines for the use of fresh-frozen plasma, cryoprecipitate and cryosupernatant. Accepted for publication in BJH May 2016
The guideline on the use of fresh-frozen plasma (FFP), cryoprecipitate and cryosupernatant is currently under review. While the guideline is being reviewed, the BCSH Transfusion Task Force group would like to issue the following communication and recommendations.
2016 Pdf

Neonates, fetuses and older children

Transfusion for fetuses, neonates and older children 2016 Pdf

Blood grouping and antibody testing in pregnancy

Blood grouping and antibody testing in pregnancy
This is an updated guideline with the 2006 version archived.
2016 Pdf

Anaemia, alternatives to allogeneic transfusion

Guidelines on the Identification and Management of Pre-Operative Anaemia 2015 Pdf

Major Haemorrhage

A Practical Guideline for the Management of those with, or at risk of Major Haemorrhage 2015 Pdf


Clinical use of apheresis procedures for the treatment of patients and collection of cellular therapy products 2015 Pdf Pdf

IT, information technology

IT in blood transfusion 2014 Pdf Pdf
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