Information to help patients prepare for treatment
Make the right choice for you
Basing your decisions on sound knowledge ensures you are able to make an informed choice about your care and treatment. All our resources are approved by the National Blood Transfusion Committee, and are updated regularly to give you the latest evidence and expert opinion.
What is a blood transfusion and who needs them?
A blood transfusion involves taking blood from one person (a donor), processing it, then giving it to someone else (a patient). You might need a blood transfusion to replace blood loss after an accident, surgery or childbirth, or to treat diseases such as leukaemia or anaemia.
What are the benefits and risks of a transfusion?
Blood transfusions are fairly common procedures that save and enhance life. The risks of serious side effects are low as the blood is thoroughly tested and matched for compatibility.
You can find out about more about the process at NHS Choices.
Do you need a blood transfusion?
The Patient Blood Management team works with patients, their GPs and hospital staff to ensure the right treatment for you. They will only consider a transfusion when there is clear evidence that it is the best therapeutic treatment available.