JPAC Joint United Kingdom (UK) Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services Professional Advisory Committee

Welcome to the North West RTC

We aim to make your local RTC web pages the first place you look online for transfusion related information.

Follow the links above the map to find details of audits, forthcoming events, regional contacts, presentations from past training days and other educational resources, local policies, business papers and information about working groups.

If you have material you would like published here please contact Kate Pendry or Jane Murphy the North West RTC website representatives.


Friday 5th May 2017 , 9:30am – 4pm @ Partnership for learning Training & Conference Centre, South Road, Liverpool L24 9PZ.
Please see the flyer for information.

Pre-operative anaemia management

The North West Regional Transfusion Committee convened a working group to support the implementation of pre-operative anaemia management in Trusts in the North West. A toolkit of resources will be developed based on lessons learnt in five pilot Trusts:

  • Elective Orthopaedic; Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • Elective Orthopaedic; Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust
  • Upper GI; Lancs Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Colorectal; Pennine Acute Trust
  • Cardiac; Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Data will be collected during implementation to look at the impact on the process and outcome of pre-op anaemia management. If you are interested in participating in the working group please contact Dr Kate Pendry or Jane Murphy

Improving Access to Therapeutic Apheresis Services

The North West Regional Transfusion Committee has beeen working in collaboration with NHS Blood and Transplant to develop a roadmap for referral of patients who require urgent therapeutic apheresis. As part of this work, a survey of key clinicians from Trusts across the region was undertaken. Read the final report on the survey.

The roadmap can be found on the NHSBT Hospitals & Science website.

Presentations from the education day held to launch the road map are available from Jane Murphy, NW RTC Administrator.

Thromboelastography/Thromboelastometry Toolkit

A toolkit to support implementation of Thromboelastography/Thromboelastometry (TE) in Trusts has been developed by a working group of the North West Regional Transfusion Committee. The toolkit includes templates for funding bids and implementation of TE, a literature review, manufacturers' technical specifications, contact details, factsheets and audit and competency documentation that can be adapted to meet local requirements.

Massive Haemorrhage Toolkit

The HALT-IT trial is a randomised controlled trial looking at the impact of tranexamic acid on mortality and morbidity in patients with significant gastrointestinal bleeding. Until the evidence is available, it is recommended that tranexamic acid is only given to patients with gastrointestinal bleeding in the context of the HALT-IT trial. Further information.

A third version of the massive haemorrhage toolkit for hospital transfusion teams and committees has been produced. Details of the changes in this updated edition are shown on page 2 of the document. The toolkit includes flow charts outlining the management of massive haemorrhage in adults and children and by laboratory staff, and a seven step guide to coordinating the response. These flow charts and guide can be downloaded from this site and adapted by Trusts to meet their individual requirements and local constraints.

Thank you for participating in the North West RTC Audit of Major Haemorrhage in Trauma in 2014. The generic report is now available in the audits section of this site and major trauma centres have been sent their own report. Please contact Jane Murphy if you have any queries or comments.

Integrated Transfusion Service

Information about the Integrated Transfusion Service initiative and Frequently Asked Questions are available on the Hospitals and Science website.


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