JPAC Joint United Kingdom (UK) Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services Professional Advisory Committee

2010 Transfusion Awareness Campaign

RhD Haemolytic Disease of the Newborn (HDN) - advances in prevention and treatment

RhD HDN awareness displays were held at the Royal College of Pathologists, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and at the Royal College of Midwives annual conference as part of National Pathology Week in November 2010 and many hospitals organised local RhD HDN awareness events as part of this initiative.


The following resources can still be used to support ongoing RhD HDN awareness initiatives.

A guide to planning events to raise awareness of RhD HDN (pdf 52KB)


What is HDN? (pdf 104KB)

Which antibodies are important in causing HDN? (pdf 77KB)

Reducing the impact of HDN (pdf 97KB)

Potentially sensitising events (pdf 72KB)

Anti-D: when and how much? (pdf 80KB)

Measuring FMH in RhD negative women (pdf 244KB)

Sensitised pregnancies and RhD HDN: current manangement (pdf 392KB)

Aide memoire for midwives

'Quick facts on HDN' (pdf 160KB)

Patient leaflets

England (NHSBT): Blood Groups and Red Cell Antibodies in Pregnancy (pdf 2.45MB)

Scotland (SNBTS): Preventing Rhesus Disease in Your Baby (pdf 432KB)

Wales (WBS) For leaflets used in Wales please contact WBS on 01443 622017.

Northern Ireland (NIBTS) For leaflets used in Northern Ireland please contact NIBTS on 02890 321414.

SHOT poster for healthcare professionals:

'Reports relating to anti-D immunoglobulin in 2009' (pdf 108KB)

Anti-D elearning module

A module of the 'LearnBloodTransfusion' elearning package with units aimed at healthcare professionals involved with managing RhD negative pregnant women is now available. Further details (pdf 60KB)