Xmas is a time of high demand for blood supplies. NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) would like your help this XMAS. NHSBT manages the national voluntary donation system for blood, tissues, organs and stem cells turning these precious donations into products that can be used safely to the benefit of the patient.
For more information see the website http://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/ or contact Alpana Patel, Donor Relations Co-ordinator on
Tel: 020 8258 8507
Fax: 020 8258 8490
NHSBT supports living donation. NHSBT points out that it is important to note that if more people donated their organs after death, there would be less demand for kidney transplants for living donors. As a result, NHSBT is urging people who have not already done so to sign the Organ Donor Register and crucially, discuss their wishes with their loved ones. you can sign the Organ Doner Register at http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/
NHSBT manages the British Bone Marrow Registry (BBMR) and the NHS Cord Blood Bank (NHS CBB) and provides a range of specialist services related to the provision of donor stem cells for transplantation. you can learn more about this service at http://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/stemcells/stem_cells_services/index.asp. Stem cells could save the life of a member of your family.
The NHS Cord Blood Bank (CBB) was set up in 1996 to collect, process, store and supply cord blood. Cord blood is the blood that remains in the placenta and umbilical cord following the birth of a baby. Following childbirth the placenta is normally thrown away along with the cord blood that is in it. Cord blood is rich in blood stem cells, similar to those found in bone marrow, and these can be used to treat many different cancers, immune deficiencies and genetic disorders. The NHS Cord Blood Bank is the world's fourth largest cord blood bank and has 18,000 cord blood units banked. It also has the second highest proportion of rare tissue types in the world. For more information about cord blood donation visit NHS Cord Blood Bank website.