Infected Blood Support Schemes in the UK

There are four infected blood support schemes across the UK which cover Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

You are eligible for financial and psychological support if:  

  • You were infected with HIV from NHS blood or blood products 
  • You were infected with hepatitis C through treatment with contaminated blood or blood products for longer than six months (termed a ‘chronic’ infection by the support schemes) even if you later cleared the virus through treatment. You will need documentation to prove a chronic infection, particularly if you self-cleared the virus
  • You are the spouse, civil or long-term partner of someone infected who has died
  • You received a payment from the Skipton Fund for your infection
  • You were infected with HIV through a partner who was infected through this route
  • You were chronically infected with hepatitis C and were infected by someone who was infected through treatment with contaminated blood products. This may have been through sexual transmission, accidental needlestick injury or from mother to baby.

You are also eligible for psychological support if you are a family member of someone who was infected with contaminated blood or blood products.

Here is a summary of the schemes’ annual payment amounts and one-off lump sum payments.

In August 2022 the government announced that anyone registered on a UK infected blood support scheme is eligible for an interim compensation payment of £100,000. More details are here.

For more information about making a claim, contact your scheme:

Please note that regardless of where you live now, you should apply to the scheme in the nation where you received infected blood or blood products.

England Infected Blood Support Scheme Email: [email protected]. Telephone: 0300 330 1294 

Infected Blood Payment Scheme for Northern Ireland. Email: [email protected] Telephone: 028 95363817

Wales Infected Blood Support Scheme Email: [email protected]. Telephone: 02920 902280 

Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme Email: [email protected]. Telephone: 0131 275 6754 

If you need help in making a claim or advice about whether you are eligible for support payments, please contact the Haemophilia Society’s Public Inquiry Team on 0207 939 0780 or [email protected].