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April 17, 2019
Moving beyond Facebook: unlocking the potential of social media for nurses

It’s often said that social media is changing our lives. Speaking at the 2019 HNA meeting in Birmingham, Teresa Chinn disagreed: “our lives have already been changed,” she said. Teresa is a nurse and founder of the Twitter account @WeNurses. She was (and remains) an agency nurse, Tweeting under her own name as @AgencyNurse. Not …

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April 8, 2019
How well do you support the B team?

Christmas Disease, the Royal Disease, the “special ones” – just a few of the alternative names for haemophilia B (full disclosure, I made up that last one). We all know that haemophilia B is less common than haemophilia A, but traditionally they have been considered clinically indistinguishable. However, it has recently been suggested that haemophilia …

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March 6, 2019
Everyone can help improve services – all it takes is an idea

Over the four years that Marie Eales has been a paediatric haemophilia nurse, she has become increasingly aware of the need for further education around immunisation practice for vaccine preventable infectious diseases. Upset parents, she says, “were calling me and letting me know their thoughts and feelings after they’d attended a GP service or had …

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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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