Annual review from the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) / Public Health England (PHE) epidemiology unit.
For earlier annual reviews, see the archived health protection website.
The NHSBT / PHE surveillance programme is a series of national schemes that monitors infection in:
- blood, tissue and organ donors
- transfusion recipients
These reports provide an annual summary of the unit’s data and research activity. The data show the very low risk of infection from blood transfusion in the UK and can be used to compare the UK against blood services around the world. PHE and NHSBT use the data to make sure we are using the best safety measures and to provide evidence for further reviews of donor selection and testing policies.
Errata for the safe supplies 2013 annual review and supplementary data:
The number of donors or donations tested were adjusted in the rate calculations although patterns remain largely the same.
Reflecting on the population, 2013 annual review:
- blood donor surveillance chapter, figure 1.2 estimated rate of viral infections by donor type gender and age group show slightly higher rates
Supplementary data tables and figures, 2013:
- tables 1.1-1.5 cumulative (all years) rates of markers are now lower in most cases
- figures 1.8-1.11 rates of markers in blood donors by donor type and gender show lower rates in repeat donors
- figure 1.13 seroconversion rates for HBsAg, anti-HCV, and anti-HIV are now lower