Different Guidelines on treating Pernicious Anaemia
We are aware that too many Primary Care Practices have told patients that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, patients’ B12 injections have been stopped. We are also aware that there are between six and eight different Guidelines on treating Pernicious Anaemia during COVID-19 from various bodies and this is causing confusion amongst medical professionals. At the end of March we wrote to all four Ministers for Health about the issue, but only received a reply from the Public Health Division of the Welsh Government.
The BSH Guidance
The British Society for Haematology (BSH) published a Guidance on treating Pernicious Anaemia during COVID-19 early April which caused some confusion and we worked with the BSH and two of our experts to produce a new and better Guidance which was issued at the end of April. This Guidance has helped many of our members to have their injections reinstated.
Many surgeries are still or again giving the so essential B12-injections, but there are also too many who are not aware of this latest Guidance and are still not giving injections. If you have been told no injections are being given at the moment, do point your doctor to the latest BSH Guidance on B12 during Covid.
Last week, we wrote to the First Minister for Scotland & Wales along with the Ministers for Health and Deputy Ministers and asked them to use their good offices to distribute the latest Guideline on Treating Pernicious Anaemia during the Pandemic by the British Society for Haematology to all interested health professionals and institutions. We have also asked them to distribute our ‘Guideline for Doctors’ to interested parties. We will keep you updated on the replies that we receive.
We are currently arranging a working group of different healthcare disciplines to produce one definitive Guideline. This may take up to five weeks to organise but in the meantime this society has produced its own Information Leaflet for Doctors for our members which can be accessed from the Members’ Homepage and our Resources Library. If your injections have been stopped, we suggest that you ask your GP or Nurse to reconsider their decision and ask him or her to read the leaflet and/or the BSH Guidance.
We are happy to take any telephone calls from medical professionals to further clarify this issue.
Our chair, Martyn Hooper MBE, has written an article reflecting on the treatment of Pernicious Anaemia, which you can read here on his blog.