Unsolicited packages – advice from Department of Health and Social Care

The Department of Health and Social Care have advised that a number of health-related organisations have received unsolicited packages, with accompanying literature requesting testing on an enclosed sample, from an organisation identifying itself as ‘The Cyrus Project’.

Initial testing on packages has shown it is highly unlikely the substance contained therein is hazardous according to Public Health England. There has been no confirmed receipt of any such package to an NHSBT location at this time. However as a precautionary measure, colleagues are advised to take the following actions:

  • Handle the package with care, wearing nitrile gloves and quarantine it in a secure leak-proof container
  • If you do not have nitrile gloves or a leak-proof container, please contact your local testing laboratory to request support with the above actions
  • Wash your hands, or any part of your body that comes into contact with the package, with water.
  • Alert your local NHS England EPRR contact that you have received a package.
  • Please notify the NHSBT National Critical Incident Manager on 0845 850 0911
  • Notify Public Health England via phe.nicc20@phe.gov.uk (providing a named contact on site for PHE to liaise with).
  • Contact your local police force via 101 and inform them you are in receipt of a package.
  • Media enquiries relating to this should be directed to your local police force.

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