Please note that these services below are independent of the Infected Blood Inquiry.
Psychological support provided by Infected Blood Support Schemes
England Infected Blood Support Scheme - A discretionary one-off payment of up to £900 per year is available towards counselling for infected beneficiaries, family members of people registered with EIBSS or previous schemes and bereaved beneficiaries.
Infected Blood Payment Scheme for Northern Ireland - This attached leaflet provides information about the clinical psychology service for individuals and their families.
Scottish Infected Blood Psychology Service - This service supports the emotional wellbeing of people in Scotland who were infected, family members, bereaved family members and other loved ones.
Wales Infected Blood Support Scheme - The psychology team provides psychological assessment and treatment to people registered with the scheme, their family members and bereaved family members.
Psychological support provided by Trusts and Charities
The Hepatitis C Trust is the national UK charity for hepatitis C and runs a confidential helpline on 020 7089 6221 open 10.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays and over the Christmas break) which is staffed by people with personal experience of hepatitis C.
The Terrence Higgins Trust is offering a free talking therapy service for former Macfarlane Trust beneficiaries, living with or affected by HIV as a result of contaminated blood products. If you contact them on 0808 8021221 or email [email protected] they will arrange an assessment with their trauma therapist.
The Samaritans are available any time, day or night, if you’re having a difficult time. You can get in touch about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels. The Samaritans are there to listen, no judgement, no pressure and help you work through what’s on your mind. The freephone number is 116123.