Call back of further University of Derby students for blood testing

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Call back of further University of Derby students for blood testing

Date posted: 1 May 2014

NHS England has been working with Public Health England (PHE) and the University of Derby to undertake an investigation into the vaccination and blood testing procedures of a health care worker, formerly contracted to provide services within the Occupational Health Service at the University of Derby.

On Tuesday, 606 former and current University of Derby students were advised of the need to undertake blood testing, due to incorrect use of clinical procedures whilst undertaking blood tests and vaccinations. This means students could be at an extremely low risk of possible infection from blood borne viruses (hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV).

Following calls received to the confidential Advice Line, it has been identified that an additional 23 former students, who attended the University of Derby in 2005 and 2006 will also be advised to go for blood testing.

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: "We appreciate what a difficult week this has been for our students and are sorry for any worry this will undoubtedly have caused. We are working closely with the health agencies involved to respond to the concerns raised by students as quickly as possible.

"We are extremely pleased with the response so far from students contacting the Advice Line, which was established to ensure people had an opportunity to engage fully in this process and raise additional concerns they may have. We have already handled well over 600 calls and been able to provide the support and assurance students require.

"As a result of this, an additional check of other health records has identified the need to contact a further 23 students. As a precautionary measure, these further students from 2005 and 2006 will also be contacted and invited for testing. There is no need for anyone who has already called the advice line to call again."

Dr Doug Black, Medical Director, NHS England (Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire) said: "I would emphasise that, whilst I understand people will be concerned about this, the risks identified are extremely low."

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Notes to Editors

• The students attending the following courses are those who have been called for further blood testing:

- MA Art Therapy

- MA Drama Therapy

- MSc Occupational Therapy

- BSc Occupational Therapy

- BSc Diagnostic Radiography

- BSc Nursing - Adult and mental health

- Adv Dip in Nurse Studies (Adult and mental health)

• The Advice Line will be open seven days a week 8am to 8pm (except for the May Day Bank Holiday weekend when it will run 10am to 4pm).

• The announcement confirming outcomes of the NHS England investigation with Public Health England and University of Derby can be found here.

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The University of Derby achieved University status in 1992 and is home to a diverse community of more than 20,000 students from the UK and overseas. Professor John Coyne has been Vice-Chancellor since 2004.

Students have the choice of studying in four faculties: Education, Health & Science; Business, Computing & Law; Art, Design & Technology; and University of Derby Buxton. There is also the option of studying for a degree online through the University of Derby Online Learning. The University Quarter in Derby incorporates sites at Kedleston Road, Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill to the west of Derby city centre. The University of Derby Buxton is based at the magnificent 18th Century Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome campus in the heart of Buxton.

University of Derby Students' Union, research centres and academic schools - including The Derby Business School - are based at the Kedleston Road site. Facilities include the £1.5m Clinical Skills Suite, a state-of-the-art gym, and a pioneering computer games development suite. The University's corporate training and development division, University of Derby Corporate (UDC), is based at the Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby.

Visit http://www.derby.ac.uk/ for more information about University of Derby.

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