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The national Infected Blood Inquiry

Information for patients and members of the public

The national Infected Blood Inquiry published its final report on Monday 20 May 2024 into the circumstances in which men, women and children treated by the NHS were given infected blood, and blood products, in particular since 1970.

The report – carried out by Sir Brian Langstaff – found that 30,000 people had been infected as a result of contaminated blood products, and both Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive of NHS England, issued public apologies for the serious failings identified in the report, and the life-altering and life-limiting illnesses experienced by thousands of people as a result.

We appreciate that patients and members of the public may have questions about the report, and what it means for their own care. This webpage has been created to provide you with information, and to help sign-post you to the resources available.

Today, all blood donated in the UK has been screened using rigorous safety standards and testing to protect both donors and patients. Since screening has been introduced, the risk of getting an infection from a blood transfusion or blood products is very low.

The report

The Infected Blood Inquiry has created a website where you can access detailed information about the report, including the lessons learned and key recommendations for the NHS.

Patients and members of the public

If you had a blood transfusion or blood products before 1996, there’s a chance you may have been given infected blood. For patients and members of the public who think they may have been affected by infected blood, information is available on the NHS website here.

For patients and members of the public concerned about HIV, hepatitis C or hepatitis B specifically, the NHS offers free testing. The NHS website provides information here on HIV testing, or here for hepatitis C testing. More information on hepatitis B is available here. Patients already under the care of the King’s viral hepatitis team who have specific questions about their care can contact the team via [email protected]

Patients under our care here at the Trust with questions about the report and what it means for them should speak to a member of staff during their next hospital visit, or use the contact details in MyChart.