Sunday, October 9, 2016

Two decades of bad blood transfusions in Scotland

A CAMPAIGN is being launched by the Scottish Government to urge anyone who had a blood transfusion before September 1991 to make sure they have been tested for hepatitis C.

Thousands of people in Scotland were infected with hepatitis C and HIV through blood products in the 1970s and 1980s. In the 1970s, doctors began diagnosing patients with what was called "non-A non-B hepatitis." It was officially named hep-C in 1989. Blood testing for it didn't begin until 1992, and wasn't uniformly done on donated blood until years later. 

An investigation by the National Health Service called the Penrose Inquiry recommended the massive educational program.

Around 400,000 posters and leaflets will be distributed to GP surgeries, hospitals, care homes and pharmacies across Scotland. Doctors are also being reminded of the need to offer tests for hepatitis C to certain at risk groups. [Read more…]

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 Bill K. Underwood is a freelance columnist and author of several books, including two novels - The Minotaur Medallion, and the best-selling Resurrection Day. Both are available in paperback here

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