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BGS Transfusion Conference, April 2020

New name ... new Venue ... same Ethos

BGS Reading is back with a new look and venue for 2020.

The BGS Committee have taken on board your suggestions and moved to a more central location with improved accommodation and transport links.

BGS Transfusion 2020 will take place on the Jubilee Campus, Nottingham University from 27th April to 29th April 2020. All lectures, meals and accommodation will be on site within easy walking distance. The whole campus is fully disabled compliant and adapted bedrooms are available.

Jubilee Campus is easily accessible by major road links (M1), rail links (Nottingham) and air links (East Midlands Airport), situated within the beautiful, vibrant city of Nottingham.

The conference will follow its usual format with cutting edge lectures, workshops and case studies. Being on campus there is plenty of chance for that all important networking. There will also, this time, be a chance to hear from our commercial colleagues during some short presentations on new developments within their companies.

There is also the opportunity for you to have a poster displayed and obtain a discount to attend the full event. The event will be supported by a Commercial Exhibition and on site social events.

Delegates will have free access to the on site gym and swimming pool on University Campus.

Take note of the date:

27th - 29th April 2020


The provisional scientific programme is available to view below:

Monday 27th April

Session Sponsored by Labcold

  • Code Red and its Benefits
  • Whole Blood in the Pre-Hospital Setting
  • Blood on Board / Blood and Plasma on Ambulances
  • Strategic Approach to Resolving Issues Found At MHRA Inspection
  • How an Understanding of Human Factors can Improve Quality in Transfusion
  • SHOT Update
  • Tuesday 28th April

  • Management and Investigation of Transfusion Reaction
  • Sample Labelling Acceptance – Guidelines vs Pragmatism, Risk vs Benefits
  • Case Studies / Workshops
  • Simultaneous Presentations by our Commercial Supporters
  • What can a Trainee do in Transfusion?
  • Career Pathways in Transfusion
  • Serological Case Studies. Simultaneous sessions: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced
  • Wednesday 29th April

  • New Monoclonal Antibodies and the Challenges of Testing Patients on them.
  • D Variants – What are they and why do we care?
  • Cold Agglutinins
  • Transfusion 2024
  • Anti-D Titration
  • BMS Empowerment
  • Frozen Blood: The Facts and Myths
  • How to Make an Antibody Panel
  • Remote and Rural Blood Transfusion Sustainability
  • Social Events

    The social programme will include a light-hearted quiz on the first evening, with the gala dinner on the second evening.


    • Full Package
    • Access to all sessions
    • Overnight Bed and Breakfast accomodation
    • Lunch and Evening meals - including access to conference dinner
    • Complimentary car parking for duration of the conference
    • Use of swimming pool and gym
    • Complimentary WiFi across the campus
    • Total price

      £ 460

      per delegate
    • Part Packages
    • Monday Day Delegate (14:00 - 17:30)
    • Monday Evening Meal and Quiz
    • Tuesday Day Delegate (09:00 - 17:30)
    • Tuesday Conference Dinner
    • Wednesday Day Delegate (09:30 - 15:00)
    • Bed and Breakfast rate (Monday or Tuesday night)
    • Subsidised Places and Poster Presenters
    • The following groups of staff are eligible for a subsidised place:

      Newly Qualified Staff
      Staff returning to work after a break
      Staff becoming multidisciplinary where haematology/transfusion isn't your natural discipline
    • If you have a poster to present at the conference, you may also be eligible for a discounted place.
      This years poster categories are:

      Patient Safety
      Use of Blood Components and Products
      Serology / New technology
    • Total price

      £ 360

      per delegate

    On-Site Facilities

    Atrium Bedroom

    Set within its own peaceful lakeside grounds only two miles from the vibrant city of Nottingham, the Jubilee Conference Centre and hotel provides the perfect environment for the BGS Transfusion Conference in April 2020.

    Each full package will include:

    • Full access to all lectures and breakout sessions
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    • Tea and coffee during session breaks
    • Complimentary car parking for the duration of the conference
    • Single en suite study bedroom with towels and complimentary toileteries
    • Tea and coffee in your room
    • Free Wifi throughout the campus
    • Coffee Shop
    • Mini-market for those forgotten essentials!
    • Cash Machine
    • Use of swimming pool and gym
    • The campus is fully accessible, with accessable rooms available on request - contact us for more information

    For those joining us for the day, you are entitled to free parking and wifi. Tea, coffee and lunch is also provided.


    Apply to attend BGS Transfusion 2020

    Click here for secure online application for
    BGS Transfusion 2020

    Downloadable Application Forms

    Full Booking FormPoster ApplicationSubsidised Place
    2020 Full Booking Form 2020 Poster Booking Form 2020 Subsidised Application

    Contact Us

    Please complete the form below to contact a member of the BGS Transfusion Committee.

    Meet the Committee

    The BGS Transfusion team all donate their free time to make this conference a possibility.




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    Conference Charity

    The charity chosen by the BGS committee is Harvey's Gang.

    Harvey's Gang provides ill children with tours of the blood transfusion and other laboratories.

    Harvey's gang started with Harvey Buster Baldwin, who passed away on October 6, 2014. Harvey became ill with acute myeloid leukaemia at age six. He ended up spending many weeks in hospital. Whilst spending time at Worthing Hospital, (West Sussex, England) Harvey was curious about the vacuum air tube which would take his blood to Pathology. The children's ward arranged for Harvey to visit the laboratories.

    Harvey enjoyed his time in the laboratories and got to wear a lab coat and badge with trainee biomedical scientist written on it. His mum said “He really enjoyed his tour,” His father added “To give him that insight was absolutely marvellous and it made him, as well as us, understand why it takes so long to process blood.” A year later Harvey sadly lost his battle with leukaemia.

    You can find out more information on Harvey's Gang here:

    Trade Partners

    With thanks to the following trade partners for their support of the 2020 conference:

    Immucor Contronics BBTS Tutela Labcold Ortho Clinical Diagnostics SHOT CSL Behring Haemonetics NHS Blood and Transplant Deva Medical AB Scientific

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