Welcome to Blood Group Serology, Reading
BGS Reading is a not for profit organisation aiming to deliver a high standard Blood Transfusion conference aimed at Biomedical, Medical and Transfusion Practitioner staff grades.
It's back to school again for BGS Reading...
BGS Reading 2018 was held on campus at Bradfield College, a beautiful public school founded in 1850 by Thomas Stevens, and set in its own village, amidst unspoilt Berkshire countryside, alongside the river Pang. Located just outside of Reading, it is easily accessible by public transport and has good road links.
Following the feedback from our last meeting at Bradfield in 2016 we decided to return again with some improvements.
The “ethos” remains the same; an extended scientific conference, affordable to the NHS, located in the south of England, aimed at Transfusion Scientists and related staff.
To help make the conference more affordable to “stretched” training budgets, we have been able to maintain the 2016 overall price and create subsidised places.
The stimulating scientific programme was enhanced by a broad-spectrum commercial exhibition and balanced by a full and exciting social programme.
The charity chosen by the BGS committee is Harvey's Gang.
Harvey's Gang provides ill children with tours of the blood transfusion and other laboratories.
Harvey's gang started with Harvey Buster Baldwin, who passed away on October 6, 2014. Harvey became ill with acute myeloid leukaemia at age six. He ended up spending many weeks in hospital. Whilst spending time at Worthing Hospital, (West Sussex, England) Harvey was curious about the vacuum which would take his blood to Pathology. The children's ward arranged for Harvey to visit the laboratories. Harvey enjoyed his time in the laboratories and got to wear a lab coat and badge with trainee biomedical scientist written on it. His mum said “He really enjoyed his tour,” His father added “To give him that insight was absolutely marvellous and it made him, as well as us, understand why it takes so long to process blood.” A year later Harvey lost his battle with leukaemia.
You can find out more information on Harvey's Gang here: