06 July 2020

We aim to provide members with both general and haematology specific up-to-date COVID-19 information. This advice is for healthcare professionals. Patients looking for further information on their condition are advised to speak to their healthcare providers, who are best placed to answer specific questions. Patients may also be able to get information from their patient support groups, some of them can be found listed here

This page will be reviewed every day and updated as necessary. If you would like to add any resources please contact: Saskia@b-s-h.org.uk

General Haematology
Aplastic Anaemia Guidance (Last Updated 03/04/2020)

King’s College Hospital has released guidance for treating adult aplastic anaemia/bone marrow failure patients during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Click here to read the guidance.


 King's College Hospital has also created a brief data questionnaire for any AA patient in the UK who develops the COVID-19 infection. It is important to capture data in a systematic way on all aplastic anaemia(AA) patients with COVID-19 so that we can learn about the true impact of this virus in this group of patients.

Click here to download this questionnaire

BJHaem Articles (Last Updated 17/03/2020)

The BJHaem have published open-access articles about COVID-19.

Click the links below to read these articles

Care of haematology patients in a COVID‐19 epidemic

How do we plan hematopoietic cell transplant and cellular therapy with the looming COVID‐19 threat?

BSH Advice on B12 Supplements (Last updated 01/05/2020)

This is the BSH guidance on B12 supplements during COVID pandemic.

Read the guidance here 

Diamond Blackfan Anaemia Advice (Last Updated: 04/06/2020)

These documents were made in a collaboration between the Haemoglobinopathy Co-ordinating Centres in England, offering guidance to health professionals working with patients with Diamond Blackfan anaemia (DBA). It has been reviewed and agreed by representatives of the Haemoglobinopathy Co-ordinating Centres in England and the Clinical Reference Group for Haemoglobin disorders and DBA(UK). 

Click the links below to download advice:

NHP COVID-19 Guidance (PDF version)

NHP COVID-19 Guidance: Patients Version (PDF version)

 

Gaucher Disease and COVID-19 Infection (Last Updated 04/05/2020)

The European Gaucher Disease Network, an EHA SWG GD Task Force, have written a response to the current SARS-­‐CoV2 (COVID-19) infection.

Click here to read this response 

Guidance on management of ITP (Last Updated 04/05/2020)

The UK ITP Forum, has provided information for adult patients with immune thrombocytopenia in the setting of the COVID-19 .

Click here to read the document


Practical guidance has been developed for the management of adults with Immune Thrombocytopenia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to read this guidance.

NICE COVID-19 guidelines (Last Updated 23/03/2020)

NICE new guidelines cover the management of patients in critical care, the management of patients who are having kidney dialysis and the management of patients who are receiving systemic anticancer treatments.

It should be noted that due to the need to publish these very rapidly they have not gone through the usual NICE guidance development process.

Plasmacytoid lymphocytes in COVID-19 (Last updated 30/04/2020)

This is a morphology update article, about a recent case of Plasmacytoid lymphocytes in a patient with COVID-19. It was written by Barbara J. Bain, David Foldes, Richard Hinton and Siamak Arami.

Click here to read this article 

Guidance on shielding for Children and Adults with splenectomy or splenic dysfunction during the COVID-19 pandemic (Last updated 06/05/2020

The British Society for Haematology Guidance on shielding for Children and Adults with splenectomy or splenic dysfunction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please see our guidance here

Sickle cell and Thalassaemia
Haemoglobinopathy Co-ordinating Centres Advice on COVID-19 in patients with Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassaemia (Last Updated 20/04/2020)

A statement has been released from the Haemoglobinopathy Co-ordinating Centres.

Please read the statement here

Iron Chelation Therapy (Last Updated 15/04/2020)

Guidance regarding iron chelation therapy in patients haemoglobin disorders or rare anaemias and cardiac iron overload if unwell with presumed or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Read the guidance here

Patient information on COVID-19 in haemoglobinopathy and rare inherited anaemia patients (last updated 18/06/2020)

National Haemoglobinopathy Panel Patient information on COVID-19 in haemoglobinopathy and rare inherited anaemia patients is here.

Transfusion needs of patients with inherited red cell disorders (Last Updated 15/04/2020)

Guidance on supporting the transfusion needs of patients with inherited red cell disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic in England.

Read this guidance here 

Haemato-Oncology
Blood Cancer UK: resources for healthcare professionals working in haemato-oncology (Last Updated: 22/05/2020)

Blood Cancer UK's brand NEW webpages for all healthcare professionals working in haemato-oncology are now live.

 

Topics include:

  

BSBMTCT Recommendations (Last Updated: 18/03/2020)

The British Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy(BSBMTCT) have created recommendations for adult patients with COVID-19.

Click here to read the recommendations

Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (Last Updated 23/03/2020)

The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) has created COVID-19 (coronavirus) advice for patients with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia receiving TKI therapy.

Please click here to read this advice

EBMT Recommendations (Last Updated: 18/03/2020)

The European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) have issued recommendations for recipients and donors of hematopoietic cells before the beginning of any of the transplant procedures (mobilization, apheresis, marrow harvest, conditioning). These guidelines will be updated when new information is obtained about COVID-19 epidemiology and clinical outcome.

Click here to read current guidelines

To read more from the EBMT, please click link below: 

https://www.ebmt.org/ebmt/news/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-ebmt-recommendations-update-march-16-2020

NICE guideline COVID-19 rapid guideline: haematopoietic stem cell transplantation Published on 01 April 2020
UK/Ireland Paed BMT group guidelines (Last updated 23/03/2020)

The UK/Ireland Paediatric BMT group has created practical guidelines for the prevention and management of COVID-19 in paediatric HSCT patients. 

Please note: These guidelines are purely advisory and should be implemented in the context of advice from Dept of Health, your Trust management and Infection Control teams and will evolve as the situation changes.

Click here to read the guidelines. 

UK Myeloma Forum (Last Updated 27/03/2020)

The UK Myeloma Forum has released guidance on treating patients in the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to read this guidance.

Transfusion
BSBMTCT Recommendations (Last Updated: 18/03/2020)

The British Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy(BSBMTCT) have created recommendations for adult patients with COVID-19.

Click here to read the recommendations

EBMT Recommendations (Last Updated: 18/03/2020)

The European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) have issued recommendations for recipients and donors of hematopoietic cells before the beginning of any of the transplant procedures (mobilization, apheresis, marrow harvest, conditioning). These guidelines will be updated when new information is obtained about COVID-19 epidemiology and clinical outcome.

Click here to read current guidelines

To read more from the EBMT, please click link below: 

https://www.ebmt.org/ebmt/news/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-ebmt-recommendations-update-march-16-2020

COVID-19 UK Convalescent Plasma trials (Last Updated 28/04/20)

The NHS is now leading a major new programme, on behalf of the Government, to collect convalescent plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19.

Click the links below to read more about this:

https://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/covid-19-research/documents-and-downloads/

 

https://hospital.blood.co.uk/​  (click on convalescent plasma tab)

 

General Transfusion advice (Last updated 25/03/2020)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important, that patients are able to still receive blood transfusions if and when needs be. This link contains information on current blood and platelets stocks and also other key resources from NHS Blood and Transplant and the National Blood Transfusion Committee included Emergency Blood shortage plans for hospitals.

Please click the link below to access the information:

https://hospital.blood.co.uk/business-continuity/coronavirus-covid-19/


Other Transfusion Resources:

https://www.transfusionguidelines.org/

https://hospital.blood.co.uk/business-continuity/coronavirus-covid-19/

Haemostasis and Thrombosis
Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (Last Updated 01/04/2020)

The BSH Guidelines committee has produced specific information for haematologists that should be used as an adjunct to the overarching advice from Public Health England.

Please click the links below to read:

DIC Score in COVID-19 Pneumonia 

INR testing for out-patients on warfarin (Last updated 24/03/2020)

The BSH Haemostasis and Thrombosis Task Force has created guidance on INR testing for out-patients on warfarin during COVID-19 restrictions.

Click here to read this guidance

PCR Positivity for COVID-19 (Last Updated 19/03/2020)

The BSH Guidelines committee has produced specific information for haematologists that should be used as an adjunct to the overarching advice from Public Health England.

Please click the link below to read:

PCR Positivity for COVID-19 in blood samples