Newsletter 5 – 4 January

Written by Aaron Dennis, January 7, 2019

Invite to Feedback on Support Schemes

We would like to gather your thoughts and opinions on the current support schemes in the UK. We, alongside other groups, have been invited to engage with Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price at the end of January to examine the issues around the current arrangements. We would like to invite you to take a short survey https://bit.ly/2PRvwOv or you can send us your thoughts directly [email protected] There is a summary on our website https://bit.ly/2CnbuIc which gives a basic outline of the current support across the UK. We will gather your responses to inform our approach to this meeting.

Medical Records
A reminder that is you are applying for medical records for yourself or a family member we have a section on our website where you can find help and advice. https://bit.ly/2NvklKa

Inquiry meeting dates
The Inquiry has released a number of meeting dates for 2019 for people who have been infected and/or affected and who would like to get an update from the Inquiry team. You will need to register with the Inquiry to attend. www.infectedbloodinquiry.org.uk/events

Nottingham – 29 JanuaryHastings – 5 March
Birmingham – 30 JanuaryCardiff – 7 March
London – 7 FebruaryBristol – 8 March
Newcastle – 12 FebruaryNorwich – 12 March
Carlisle – 13 FebruarySouthampton – 19 March
Liverpool – 26 FebruaryDungannon – 26 March
Manchester – 27 FebruaryPlymouth – 29 March
Leeds – 28 FebruaryGlasgow – March TBC

Psychological Support
If you feel talking to a professional may help there is a confidential support service offered by the British Red Cross to anyone affected by treatment with infected blood or blood products.

Telephone support can be accessed by calling 0800 458 9473 and 0203 417 0280 at these times: on Monday between 11am and 1pm on Wednesday between 7pm and 9pm; and on Friday between 2pm and 4pm. There is also a messaging system to receive a call back.

Help us keep informed
If you come across any news articles about the Inquiry or stories about the contaminated blood scandal, perhaps in your local press or online, please do let us know about them by e-mailing [email protected] or if you use FACEBOOK join our dedicated group https://www.facebook.com/groups/HSInquiry/ and post the links in that group.

We are not always aware of all media coverage and you can help to keep everyone updated with the latest articles.

List of Issues
The Infected Blood Inquiry has today published its List of Issues. A document that will help guide the Inquiry’s investigative work to meet its terms of reference is available to download from the Inquiry website. https://bit.ly/2PPgqcp