In creating one life why not save another?

It's easy to donate your cord blood to the NHS
Cord Blood Bank after the birth of your baby,
just like Harry's Mum did

Our Laboratory

The donated units of cord blood are transported from the hospital where the baby was delivered to our dedicated laboratory facility for processing and testing.

Once the cord blood arrives at the laboratory it is entered onto our secure database and then processed and tested to ensure that it is safe to be given to a patient.

The tests performed on each unit of cord blood include:

Microbiology:
Both the mother’s blood sample and the cord blood unit are tested for the same infectious diseases as blood donors. These include HIV, hepatitis, syphilis and HTLV as well as tests for some other blood borne infections.

Further tests are performed when a cord blood unit is selected for a transplant.

Haematology
A blood count is performed on the donated unit of cord blood to calculate the number of stem cells. This tells us if the cord blood unit contains enough stem cells for a transplant.

Tissue Typing
Every cord blood donation is tissue typed. Tissue typing is a test that measures antigens that determine whether donor tissue is compatible for transplant into another person.

Bacteriology
A sample of the cord blood unit is tested for bacterial and fungal contamination, as this could be harmful to a potential transplant patient.

What happens next?
The cord blood unit is processed by removing the red blood cells and plasma. This reduces the volume of the cord blood unit to 20ml, leaving us with all the vital blood stem cells required for transplantation.

A cryopreservative (DMSO) is added to protect the blood stem cells while they are frozen. The cord blood unit is then frozen and stored in liquid nitrogen containers which are specifically designed for cord blood units.

our laboratory

Want to get in touch?
Contact us on:

t: 0800 783 5870
e: cordblood.donation@nhsbt.nhs.uk

What is Cord Blood?

What is Cord Blood?

Cord blood is the blood that remains in the placenta after your baby is born.
Learn more

Where can I donate?

Where can I donate?

Cord blood can be donated at Barnet General Hospital, Northwick Park Hospital, Luton & Dunstable Hospital, St George's Hospital, Watford General Hospital and University College Hospital.
Register now to donate

Bone Marrow

Bone Marrow

The British Bone Marrow Registry. For more information
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