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Blood transfusion team at Princess Alexandra Hospital in top 10 nationally for patient safety

The blood transfusion team at the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) is in the top 10 nationally for patient safety.

The NHS Blood and Transplant informatics team has compiled data from national comparative audits to reach that verdict.

All aspects of the blood transfusion process were analysed, from sample collection and specimen receipt to processing, provision and transfusion of blood and blood components.

PAHT's blood transfusion team
PAHT's blood transfusion team

The PAHT team issues more than 9,000 blood and blood components a year and approximately 170 each week.

There are eight core team members, supported by colleagues across the Harlow hospital, including laboratory staff, doctors, nurses, midwives and porters.

In February, the department had confirmation of UKAS accreditation for ISO15189:2012, another representation of the high standards achieved.

Luke Groves, transfusion laboratory manager, said: “The recognition of this achievement has validated the team’s hard work and determination to provide the safest journey for our patients.”

Fay Gilder, PAHT medical director, added: “I am extremely proud of the blood transfusion team for the outstanding service they provide to our patients. Patient safety is paramount and this recognition is a testament to our patients being at the heart of their service.”

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