Strike action will be taking place from 7am Saturday 24 February 2024 to Thursday 28 February 2024. Please continue to attend your appointments unless you are contacted and told otherwise.

The strike action may mean our A&E is a lot busier than usual, which means the waiting times will be longer. If you need help which is not life threatening, please use 111, Pharmacies, GPs or Urgent Treatment Centres. Thank you for your understanding during this period.

Immunoglobulins for prevention of specific infections

All cases should be discussed with the duty virologist (or on-call medical microbiologist out-of-hours) who will advise and organise antibody testing, where indicated.

National guidance can be found in the PHE (Public Health England) publications:

Immunoglobulin stock is held in B Floor Phamacy (QMC) on behalf of the PHE:

  • Varicella Zoster immunoglobulin (VZIG)
  • Hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG)


Obtaining immunoglobulins (VZIG & HBIG)

The VZIG and HBIG stock in QMC pharmacy are held on behalf of the PHE.

Mandatory authorisation from the duty virologist (or on-call medical microbiologist out-of-hours) is required if access to VZIG or HBIG is clinically indicated.  You are required to have patient and exposure details (time and circumstances) ready when contacting the duty virologist (or on-call medical microbiologist).

For rabies immunoglobulin for post-exposure prophylaxis please contact the duty virologist (or on-call medical microbiologist out-of-hours).