AWBS Update – March 2016

As I write this update on the 8th of March 2016, we have 40 working days until the All Wales service is live.

Much has moved on in the preceding months and we have been working really hard to deliver the infrastructure required to provide a high quality blood service for all of Wales.

The launch of the All Wales Blood Service will involve us collecting blood in North Wales and issuing finished components to the three major hospitals there for the first time. We have been working very closely with NHS Blood and Transplant, who currently provide the service, and also our soon to be new customer hospitals. We very much value their support and engagement.

We are pleased to announce that following his previous visit to North Wales on the 8th of July 2015, Vaughan Gething, the Deputy Minister of Health will return to our newly refurbished team base and stock holding unit in Wrexham. During his visit, the Deputy Health Minister will be able to view the team base and stock holding unit and be taken through how this key site and its staff will support the collection and distribution of blood for North Wales going forward from 2nd May 2016. The minister will also be meeting some young donors to talk about their role in securing essential blood donation in the future.

The estate, vehicles, staffing, training and engagement activities are all in place and the smooth transfer of donors is on track to take place on the 2nd May, we are readying ourselves for the final push to make the service live in 40 working days time.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact Gavin Bryce, Principal Programme Manager on gavin.bryce@wales.nhs.uk.