The first meeting of the British Society for Haematology (BSH) took place on 19 November 1960.  For 60 years BSH has been dedicated to helping members support people with blood disorders and diseases.

Our 60th anniversary is a time for recognising the breadth of roles within the multidisciplinary haematology team and acknowledging the contribution of haematology professionals to the advancement of medicine and the transformation of patient care.

An anniversary message from Professor Adele Fielding, BSH President
An anniversary message from Professor Adele Fielding, BSH President

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Anniversary themes

In gathering contributions from across the haematology community, we have identified 5 themes that are as relevant today as they were 60 years ago.  Over the coming months, we will be exploring our anniversary content under each theme, the first of which is Building a community.

Our content will be ever-changing as we continue to add material between 19 November and April 2021, culminating in a 60@60 exhibition alongside our next Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).  Please check these pages regularly for the latest updates.

It is not too late to participate - share your own thoughts or reflections on haematology and/or milestones in the development of the specialty over the past 60 years.  Please send contributions to janet@b-s-h.org.uk.

Acknowledgements

We are extremely grateful to the many individuals and organisations who have contributed to our 60th anniversary activities.

Reflections on 2020 and the impact of Covid-19

Covid-19 has impacted all our lives in 2020.

Visit our 2020 gallery to see the images our members feel reflect their experience of this year.

Infected Blood Inquiry

Thanks in part to advances like the introduction of hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing for donors in 1991, the safety standards around blood supply in the UK are now among the highest in the world. However, NHS procedures and practices around blood transfusion in the 1970s and 1980s would not be acceptable by today’s safety standards, and many men, women and children in the UK were given infected blood and /or infected blood products whilst receiving treatment.

At the British Society for Haematology (BSH), we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all those who were infected, and to their loved ones, during this period.

The Infected Blood Inquiry (IBI) is now examining the circumstances in which patients treated by the NHS in the 1970s and 1980s came to receive infected blood and/or blood products. More information about the IBI is available at: https://www.infectedbloodinquiry.org.uk/