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December 1, 2018
HNA 2018 report to UKHCDO

The Haemophilia Nursing Association (HNA) represents specialist nurses who care for people with bleeding disorders in the UK either through direct clinical practice or research. The last year has been exhilarating, and dominated by the WFH 2018 congress, held in May. HNA members participated in the treatment room and enjoyed meeting and treating people living with …

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September 19, 2018
Introducing the new chair of the HNA

Haemnet are pleased to introduce the new HNA chair, Cathy Harrison. Cathy has worked in the Sheffield Adult Haemophilia and Thrombosis Centre for 12 years, initially as a sister and now as advanced nurse practitioner. She has also sat on the HNA Committee for 6 years and has been a Haemnet Trustee for 3 years. …

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July 3, 2018
Brenda Buzzard: a pioneer of haemophilia physiotherapy

It was with great sadness that Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals and The Haemophilia Chartered Physiotherapy Organisation learned of the passing of Brenda Buzzard, a renowned ex staff member and haemophilia physiotherapist. Brenda started her career as a physiotherapist in Newcastle at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in 1976, experiencing different areas of physiotherapy. She progressed …

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Inquiry terms of reference published

The Terms of Reference have been published for the public inquiry to investigate historical cases of infection from blood and blood products. They can be downloaded from here. The Inquiry will examine why men, women and children in the UK were given infected blood and/or infected blood products; the impact on their families; how the authorities …

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May 25, 2018
Nurse-led haemophilia care delivered in Glasgow

Every haemophilia conference contains talks stressing the importance of nurses, yet it remains, for the most part, a doctor-led specialty. The World Federation of Hemophilia 2018 congress in Glasgow last week gave us the opportunity to demonstrate the feasibility of a nurse-led service for haemophilia right here in the UK. For the 10 days covering …

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May 14, 2018
Creating environments that facilitate growth

So what can happen when you give colleagues the space to come together to share their experiences and expertise? The Haemnet experience over the past 18 months is that a lot can happen. Whether it be an exploration of the challenges and opportunities that new treatment options and an ageing population bring; experiencing a feeling …

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April 17, 2018
HNA and the public inquiry into infected blood

The HNA has issued the following statement in response to the announcement of a public inquiry to investigate historical cases of infection from blood and blood products. The Government has agreed to fund a full public inquiry into the circumstances that led to cases of infection from blood and blood products in the 1970s and …

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February 22, 2018
But first … let me take a selfie?…

There’s a few things that spring to mind when you hear the word “selfie”. From Snapchat dog filters, tourists with annoying extendable poles, Ricky Gervais in the bath, or that awful “song” by The Chainsmokers, there is no doubt selfies have become an integral part of pop culture. The word itself was immortalised in the …

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February 13, 2018
Kate stepping down from clinical practice

Kate Khair – hailed at last week’s EAHAD meeting as the most famous haemophilia nurse in the world – will leave her consultant nurse post at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in May 2018. But she will still remain very active in the world of haemophilia. Over the past 27 years, Kate has built …

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February 8, 2018
As they say – ‘there’s no i in team’

There was a time when use of the term “multidisciplinary” in the context of haemophilia congresses meant the inclusion of a token nurse or a physiotherapist on a panel. This year’s EAHAD congress, held in Madrid, had more nurses, physios and psychologists attending and presenting work than ever before. The pre-conference multidisciplinary day showcased the …

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