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Friday, 21 April 2017 09:22

that individuals are unable to donate blood for 4 to 6 months after any natural orifice flexible endoscopy and until they have informed the blood service of the diagnosis?

The reason is twofold, firstly there are certain diagnoses that would either prevent them from donating blood ever again, one being IBD, or prevent them from donating until all investigations and treatment have been completed, and secondly because there are case reports of patient to patient transmission of viruses such as HBV and HCV linked to GI endoscopy and poor decontamination of endoscopes. These viruses can be successfully inactivated with high level disinfection but there is always the ‘risk’ that decontamination has not been carried out successfully and we do not on a day to day basis measure the success of each decontamination cycle. There are four Blood Services that take donations and supply blood in the UK. All are required to comply with the Blood Safety & Quality Regulations (BSQR) 2005 which incorporates EU legislation in respect to flexible endoscopy. The Blood Services implement deferrals regarding this depending on their use of discretionary Hepatitis B testing.

In England NHS Blood & Transplant defer donors for 4 months and then test for Hepatitis B core antibody between 4 and 6 months after flexible endoscopy. After 6 months no extra testing is required. NAT testing for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C is carried out on all donations. The Welsh Blood Service use discretionary testing in a similar way from 120 days after a flexible endoscopy. Currently the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service defer for 6 months and do not use discretionary testing to reduce this deferral.

The Safety of Blood, Tissues & Organs (SaBTO) Committee advises the Department of Health on the most appropriate ways to ensure the safety of blood, cells, tissues and organs for transfusion and transplantation. A SABTO working party is currently reviewing the guidelines regarding flexible endoscopy. However a recommendation for change would still have to be approved by the EU for a change to be made to the BSQR so a change is unlikely in the near future.

Detailed information on how health and travel may affect their eligibility to donate is available for donors

21st ESGENA Conference

Thursday, 20 April 2017 10:13

28-30 October 2017
In conjunction with the 25th United European Gastroenterology Week

Following past meetings in 2010 and 2015, this is the third time that the medical and nursing community of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy will meet in Barcelona.

After celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, ESGENA will continue its established structures while also initiating new formats of interactive learning. Recent successes have already connected countries and have laid the foundation for new future projects.

The three day ESGENA conference is not only an opportunity to meet colleagues from throughout Europe, but also from North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. The exchange with nurses from all over the world combined with the opportunity to attend the medical programme of the UEG Week ensures that the ESGENA conference will be an exceptional educational event.

In 2017 the UEG will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in Barcelona, offering interesting and interactive learning formats which emphasise the multidisciplinary approach.

Leeds Course in Clinical Nutrition, 13-15 September 2017

Monday, 27 March 2017 12:07

This 3 day course, which has been endorsed by the BSG Education Committee, is aimed at all professions with an interest in Clinical Nutrition and will appeal to clinicians, dietitians, doctors, hospital pharmacists, nursing staff and others with an interest in patient nutrition. The course is particularly suitable for SpRs (Specialist Registrars) as it is now a mandatory requirement to attend a clinical nutrition course. BSG members will be offered a reduced registration fee; further information is available from Early registration is recommended.

EGSE Quality in Endoscopy IBD & Nutrition symposium 2017

Monday, 20 March 2017 15:21

The IBD & Nutrition symposium is tailored for doctors, especially young fellows and junior physicians, across the fields of gastroenterology / endoscopy, surgery and internal medicine. The symposium will cover topics including clinical nutrition in inflammatory bowel disease, advanced imaging techniques in IBD and the gut microbiome in IBD.

Early bird registration deadline: Sunday, February 5, 2017

ESGE Individual Members, ESPEN and ESGENA Members save over 50% when they take advantage of the early bird registration fee reduction, compared to the standard registration fee.


Calling All GI Nurses to Endolive UK 2017 - Just 6 weeks to go!

Friday, 20 January 2017 13:17

On behalf of the BSGNA I am delighted to invite you to Endolive UK 2017. The first Endolive meeting in 2015 was the largest live endoscopy meeting ever held in the UK with more than 500 delegates. The two day meeting will be held at the Birmingham ICC with live links to two of the UK's premier endoscopic centres, St Mark's in London and Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

The very best of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy will be demonstrated with a real focus on quality and this year we have a dedicated nurse forum. There are sessions to address;

  • Competencies in GI nursing
  • GI workforce
  • Optimising outcomes for our patients

We aim to emphasise the importance of the team approach to ensure patients experience a quality endoscopy. We have also introduced the option of a team booking. Registration details can be found in the attached flyer.

We hope the meeting will bring us all up to date with the latest advances in endoscopic technique, technology and practice.

I hope you will join us at this fantastic event. For further information contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Laura Dwyer,
Vice Chair BSGNA
Lead Nurse Endolive UK 2017

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