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New anaemia leaflet

30 April, 2015

New anaemia leaflet

A new patient information leaflet on anaemia has been produced by NHS Blood and Transplant. 

The eight-page booklet titled What is anaemia? covers who is most at risk of developing the condition, and explains that pregnant women are at a higher risk because the fetus takes essential iron from its mother for its own development.

Katy Hurrell, patient blood management practitioner at NHS Blood and Transplant, said that the leaflet would be an aid to midwives in their dealings with women.

‘Anaemia is the most common medical disorder in pregnancy. Pregnancy causes a two- to three-fold increase in requirement of iron and a 10- to 20-fold increase in folate requirement.

‘The leaflet will be helpful for midwives to use to explain care plans to women,’ she added.

The booklet outlines the symptoms and explains the different types of anaemia, such as the underproduction of red cells, a problem in the bone marrow and excessive bleeding.

The leaflet also explains what tests may be run to ascertain whether or not a person is anaemic and the treatments available.

Information is provided on the ways that patients can help themselves, such as eating a healthy diet. There is another patient pamphlet called Iron in your diet aimed at helping people know more about iron-rich food.

It explains that some sources of iron may be unsuitable for pregnant women, for example liver, with its high vitamin A content and oily fish.

To obtain copies of the leaflets, contact NHS Blood and Transplant at enquiries@nhsbt.nhs.uk or on 0300 123 23 23.


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