Anti-D Reassurance Programme
The Anti D/Hepatitis C National Screening Programme
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) are currently in the final stages of tracing all untested recipients of infectious Anti-D in risk years and the Anti D/Hepatitis C National Screening Programme is due to be completed at the end of 2010. Are you a Rh negative woman who had a child or miscarriage in Ireland between 1977-1979 & 1991-1994?
Or were you born in Ireland during these years and have a Rh positive blood group. If so your mother may have received Anti D during these risk years. If you fit either profile and are anxious that you or someone you know may have received Anti D, the IBTS would like to speak to you. Read on for more details on this programme.
The Anti-D/Hepatitis C Reassurance Programme is being run for women who originally tested negative for Hepatitis C under the Anti-D/Hepatitis C National Screening Programme and it is now known received infectious or potentially infectious Anti-D. This programme is now offering a repeat test to these women.
A large number of women who received infectious or potentially infectious batches of Anti-D between 1 May 1977 and 31 July 1979 and 1 March 1991 and 18 February 1994 have originally tested negative for Hepatitis C under the Anti-D/Hepatitis C National Screening Programme. The Expert Group on Hepatitis C, a multi-disciplinary Group appointed by the Minister for Health & Children, has recommended informing each of these negative recipients, of the Anti-D batch number they have received where this is known, through their GP wherever possible. The Group has also recommended consultation and repeat testing for further reassurance. To date 9,882 recipients have re-tested negative under this programme.
The purpose of offering the reassurance programme is threefold:
- To inform the patient that she has received an infectious or potentially infectious batch of Anti-D
- To offer repeat ELISA testing to confirm the original negative result
- To reassure the patient that she is not currently infected
Expert Group on Hepatitis C
The Minister for Health and Children appointed an Expert Group on Hepatitis C to make recommendations on the clinical and non-clinical management of women who received infectious or potentially infectious Anti-D but who have tested negative for Hepatitis C.
Since the first public announcements that some batches of Anti-D were associated with Hepatitis C infection, research is ongoing to identify any woman who may have received a potentially infectious product.
As always, any Anti-D recipient can enquire from the IBTS whether information is available in relation to the batch of Anti-D she received. Such enquiries should be made in writing or by email to RecipientTracing@ibts.ie