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Guide to the Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme

Published on 15 February 2021

Who is eligible to join?

The Scottish scheme provides support to people who were infected, as well as their immediate family members.

People infected by hepatitis C and/or HIV, and their families

You can apply for the scheme if you:

  • are resident in Scotland
  • were infected with hepatitis C and/or HIV via NHS blood, blood products or tissues

This includes people who were infected elsewhere in the UK.

Anyone who received the infection from someone who falls into the above groups may also be eligible, if:

  • they are, or were, the spouse or civil partner of the person from whom the virus was transmitted
  • they are, or were, living with the person from whom the virus was transmitted as partners in a long-term relationship
  • they are the child of an infected mother

Download the full eligibility criteria.

Widows, widowers, or partners of a deceased beneficiary

The Scottish scheme provides support to widows, widowers or partners of a deceased beneficiary.

Download the support information.

Estates of people who died before joining the scheme

If you're managing the estate of an infected person who died before joining the Scottish or any UK support scheme, please contact us for assistance:

Email: nss.sibss@nhs.scot

Telephone: 0131 2756754