NHSBT News Archive

December 2011

NHS Blood and Transplant Fear Significant Drop in Blood Donations in 2012

28 December 2011

NHS Blood and Transplant is warning that a 'perfect storm' could be created by next year's bumper sporting calendar and extra bank holidays, severely affecting blood donation levels in 2012.

Newham Council to lead new initiative to promote blood and organ donation amongst residents

15 December 2011

On Wednesday 14 December, the London Borough of Newham will become the first council to sign a formal partnership agreement with NHS Blood and Transplant NHSBT) aimed at increasing organ and blood donation rates among residents.

NHSBT welcomes NICE guideline on improving organ donor identification and consent rates

12 December 2011

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) welcomes the NICE guideline on improving donor identification and consent for deceased organ donation, announced today.

NHSBT makes special appeal to O- and B- blood donors

7 December 2011

An appeal is going out to O Rh negative (O-) and B Rh negative (B-) blood donors to come forward now to give blood in the run up to Christmas.

November 2011

Impact of industrial action on blood donor sessions

30 November 2011

Industrial action on 30 November had the potential to affect NHS Blood and Transplant's (NHSBT) ability to hold our usual number of blood donor sessions. There were uncertainties on how the action could affect staff and the venues booked for many of our mobile sessions, with the possibility that some venues would not be open.

Campaign tackling shortage of organ donors from BME groups on target

29 November 2011

NHS Blood and Transplant's (NHSBT) current campaign to tackle the critical shortage of organ donors from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities has already achieved more than half its target to increase numbers signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register (ODR).

NHS Blood and Transplant wins national innovation award

28 November 2011

An initiative to design a new chair aimed at improving the experience for donors giving blood has won a top innovation award for NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).

Wales Organ Donation Bill White Paper - November 2011

8 November 2011

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) welcomes any change that encourages people to discuss and support organ donation and we will work within whatever legislative framework is introduced in any of the four health administrations in the United Kingdom

Changes to blood donor guidelines

7 November 2011

The permanent exclusion of men who have sex with men from donating blood has been lifted today (Monday 7 November) and replaced by a 12 month fixed period of deferral from the last relevant sexual contact.

New cord blood donation facility opens in London

02 November 2011

Mums-to-be in central London will soon be able to donate lifesaving cord blood thanks to a new specialist collection service starting at University College Hospital (UCH) in London, on Tuesday 1 November.

Deferral of Men who have Sex with Men from Blood Donation

01 November 2011

The permanent exclusion of men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood has changed to a 12 month fixed period deferral from the latest relevant sexual contact in November 2011 following an evidence based review by the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO).

Deferral of Men who have Sex with Men FAQs

01 November 2011

Frequently asked questions relating to the 'Deferral of Men who have Sex with Men'

October 2011

Move to 24/7 lifesaving cord blood collection

27 October 2011

The NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) cord blood collection facilities at St George's Hospital, Tooting, Barnet Green Hospital and Northwich Park Hospital, move to a 24/7 service from Friday 28 October 2011.

Major Milestone for Organ Donation

21 October 2011

More than 1,000 people saved the lives of over 2,700 individuals last year, the highest ever, announced NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) today.

Blood teams nominated for award for helping save lives in Afghanistan

20 October 2011

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) staff at Birmingham and Bristol have been shortlisted for two awards for their work in helping save lives on the front line in Afghanistan.

Department of Health publishes outcome of Commercial Review of NHSBT

18 October 2011

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) welcomes the findings of the Department of Health's review of its commercial effectiveness and support for its plans to improve its efficiency and effectiveness and deliver further savings to the NHS as an arm's-length body.

Transplant documentary helps generate thousands of new organ donors

17 October 2011

The number of people signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register (ODR) enjoyed a huge boost following the broadcast of the acclaimed documentary Transplant on BBC1 on Tuesday 4 October.

NHSBT statement on the Nuffield Council on Bioethics report,Human bodies:donation for medicine and research

12 October 2011

The Nuffield Council's Bioethics committee report endorses the systems in practice in relation to blood donation, living organ donation, altruistic cord blood donation and tissue donation for therapeutic use.

NHSBT shortlisted for three prestigious awards

5 October 2011

NHSBT has been shortlisted for three prestigious awards for its work to encourage and promote blood donation.

Unique 'Transplant' documentary shows donor to transplant story in one programme

4 October 2011

Sally Johnson, NHSBT's Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation, said about the making of the documentary.

National Campaign Launches To Help Save Lives During Daniel De-Gale Blood Donation Week

03 October 2011

Leukaemia charity urges ethnic minorities based in London’s West End to donate blood, during the 3rd anniversary since the passing of the charity’s inspiration

September 2011

NHSBT Board meeting September 2011

30 September 2011

Following a very successful meeting of the Board in Scotland earlier this year, the NHSBT Board held its September meeting in Cardiff.

Move to 24/7 lifesaving cord blood collection at Watford General Hospital

16 September 2011

The NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) cord blood collection facility at Watford General Hospital moves to a 24/7 service from Sunday 18 September 2011.

Education scheme Give and Let Live reaches more young people

9 September 2011

Nearly three-quarters of schools are using an award-winning initiative to help young people learn about the importance of donating blood and organs, new research published today (1 Sep 2011) shows.

Changes to blood donor selection criteria

8 September 2011

The Department of Health has announced today, 8th September 2011, that the permanent exclusion of men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood, will change to a 12 month fixed period deferral from the latest relevant sexual contact.

NHSBT Annual Review 2010-11 sees more lives saved and improved

6 September 2011

Five pounds off the price of each bag of blood, the highest number of organs donated and a major 10-year strategy for stem cells were just three of the achievements delivered by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) last year.

August 2011

Change to blood donor acceptance guidelines for travellers to Romania and mainland Greece

23 August 2011

New guidelines for blood donors have been introduced today as an additional safety measure to the blood supply following outbreaks of West Nile Virus (WNV) in mainland Greece and Romania.

Record-breaking year for organ transplants

8 August 2011

A record high of 3,740 transplants were carried out in the UK last year NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) announced today in its Annual Activity Report 2010/11. This is the sixth year on year growth in the number of transplants.

Screening blood and donors keeps patients safe

5 August 2011

According to the recently published SHOT (Serious Hazards of Transfusion) Annual Report 2010, blood safety has improved. Last year was the first since the reports began in 1996, when no confirmed cases of infection caused by blood transfusion, were reported.

July 2011

NHSBT sees surge in blood donors as almost 100,000 make a Date to Donate

18 July 2011

One month on from the first ever National Blood Week (13-19 June), NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) today released new figures* showing that between 13-26 June almost 100,000 people across England and North Wales pledged to give blood, including more than 20,000 first time donors.

New national pancreas allocation scheme gives hope to patients

15 July 2011

A new scheme, designed to give patients better access to pancreas transplantation across the UK, has helped more than 130 patients receive life-changing transplants since December 2010.

£4 million investment in NHS stem cell services

13 July 2011

The Government today announced a £4m investment in NHS stem cell services.

More organ donors needed to reduce transplant waiting times in Wales

11 July 2011

The average person in Wales spends an hour waiting every day - whether it's in traffic, on public transport or in a queue*. But for those waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, for whom there is often no alternative, the wait is on average up to three years**.

Transplant Week supporters form Flashmob

05 July 2011

Transplant charity, Live Life Then Give Life, and NHS Blood and Transplant led a group of amateur singers in a flashmob at Spitalfields market to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation and drive sign-ups to the Organ Donor Register during Transplant Week (4-10 July).

More organ donors needed to reduce transplant waiting times

4 July 2011

The average person in the UK spends an hour waiting every day - whether it's in traffic, on public transport or in a queue.

June 2011

BMA UK Renews Support for Presumed Consent for Organ Donation

28 June 2011

Doctors today renewed their support for changing the UK's organ donation system from informed to presumed consent.

NHS Organ Donor Register Hits Record 18 Million

23 June 2011

The number of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register has reached a record 18 million, according to figures released today by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).

Minister supports National Blood Week

15 June 2011

Health Minister Anne Milton led by example and encouraged others to follow in her footsteps when she gave blood at the Department of Health offices in London today.

Call for 10,000 people to make a 'date to donate'

14 June 2011

New data from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) today reveals an alarming generation gap amongst regular blood donors and calls for 10,000 people to 'make a date to donate.'

Minister reassures MPs that voluntary donation system will not be jeopardised

7 June 2011

Health Minister Anne Milton today reassured MPs that the current commercial effectiveness review of NHS Blood and Transplant would not result in the sale of any part of the service.

May 2011

NHSBT promotes donation in Parliamentary debate

12 May 2011

Unblocking the barriers to donation and transplantation at a regional level and changing public behaviour are the two priorities for NHSBT Sally Johnson

Ambitious Plans to Save More Lives Through Blood and Organ Donation

9 May 2011

Plans to save and improve more lives through blood, organ, stem cell and tissue donation were unveiled today (9 May) with the publication of NHS Blood and Transplant's (NHSBT) strategic plan for 2011-14.

April 2011

Transfer of testing services from Newcastle and Sheffield to Manchester

01 April 2011

The NHS Blood and Transplant Board yesterday accepted the business case outlining the viability of consolidating testing activity into Manchester from Sheffield and Newcastle.

March 2011

A special gift to celebrate the Royal Wedding

31 March 2011

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is asking blood donors to make a special effort to keep their appointments over the four-day Easter break closely followed by the Royal Wedding and May bank holiday weekend.

NHSBT and BTS guidelines for consent for solid organ transplantation

30 March 2011

These Guidelines were drawn up by a group convened by NHS Blood and Transplant and the British Transplantation Society. The purpose of these guidelines is to provide standards for consent for adults undergoing solid organ transplantation from deceased donors.

Statement regarding parliamentary inquiry into vCJD

23 March 2011

The UK has one of the safest blood supplies in the world and has put in place a number of safety measures to reduce the risk of transmission of vCJD.

European Blood Experts Meet in Bristol

22 March 2011

Blood service experts from 28 European countries will gather at the world's largest blood manufacturing centre at Filton, Bristol this week (24 and 25 March) for the 28th Board meeting of the European Blood Alliance.

NHSBT Statement on Kidney Transplants at Royal Liverpool Hospital

21 March 2011

Dr James Neuberger, NHSBT Associate Medical Director, said: "We extend our sympathy to the patients and their families in this situation, but would stress that this is uncommon and that everything possible is always done to reduce the risk of any transmissible diseases.

One in four of those waiting for kidney transplant are Black or Asian

10 March 2011

On World Kidney Day (10 March), NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is urging more people from the Black and Asian community, in particular, to join the NHS Organ Donor Register (ODR).

NHS Blood and Transplant - Commercial Effectiveness Review

09 March 2011

The Department of Health is leading a review into the commercial effectiveness of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). This was announced in the ALB Review Report (Liberating the NHS: Report of the arm's-length bodies review) published in July 2010 by the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley.

One in four denied dying wish - Black and Asian families over-rule loved ones' decision to donate organs

4 March 2011

Figures from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) show that one in four Black and Asian families refuse consent to organ donation at the point of death, despite their loved one being on the NHS Organ Donor Register (ODR). This is in contrast to one in ten for the rest of the population.

February 2011

Review of Liver Allocation Scheme

21 February 2011

Dr James Neuberger, NHSBT Associate Medical Director, said: "Allocating organs fairly, in a transparent way, and ensuring that patients receive the maximum benefit from a transplant are the main aims of the UK organ allocation schemes.

Statement on MRC report on vCJD blood test

4 February 2011

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) welcomes the recent advances in the development of a blood test which has the potential to improve the diagnosis of symptomatic patients with suspected human prion diseases described by Professor John Collinge and colleagues in their recent report in the Lancet.

Statement on ministerial announcement of additional funding to help implement UK Stem Cell Strategic Forum recommendations

3 February 2011

Last year the UK Stem Cell Strategic Forum, led by NHS Blood and Transplant and including Anthony Nolan, delivered a set of recommendations to ensure an additional 200 patients a year in the UK can receive a lifesaving stem cell transplant.

January 2011

Major improvements to blood testing and processing deliver £16 million saving to NHS

24 January 2011

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is on track to complete a major consolidation programme which will deliver nearly £16 million a year in savings to the NHS.

Organ Donation and Judaism in the UK

02 January 2011

James Neuberger, Associate Medical Director for NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), said: “NHSBT respects the views of all religions and has received public support from all the major faiths in the UK towards organ donation.

Record Year for Organ Donation

01 January 2011

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is celebrating a record 2010. More than 6,900 organ and cornea transplants were carried out in the UK and the number of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register hit 17.7m.

December 2010

NHS Blood and Transplant makes new appointment to promote living donation

7 December 2010

Lisa Burnapp has been appointed as Lead Nurse - Living Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). This newly created role reflects the growing trend in living organ donation with nearly one in three kidney transplants now being made possible through a living donor.

UK Stem Cell Strategic Forum

02 December 2010

In January 2010 NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) was asked by the Department of Health to lead a review of stem cell transplantation in the UK, and to advise on future options to meet the needs of patients requiring stem cell transplants.

NHS Blood and Transplant and Anthony Nolan welcome publication of stem cell strategy report

01 December 2010

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and charity Anthony Nolan today welcomed the publication of a new report setting out recommendations to save 200 patient lives a year by improving the availability and quality of stem cell transplants in the UK.

November 2010

Thank you for life captures benefit of donation

10 November 2010

A moving new book containing the letters and photographs sent to organ donor families by patients who have received donated organs has been published for the first time.

Life changing result for child who received 300th unit of lifesaving cord blood

5 November 2010

The 300th unit of cord blood issued by the NHS Cord Blood Bank has helped save the life of a three-month-old baby with Severe Combine Immune Deficiency (SCID).

Record high for UK organ transplants

4 November 2010

A record high of 3,706 transplants were carried out in the UK last year NHSBT announced today in its Annual Activity Report 2009/10. This was an increase of 5% over the previous year and shows a steady increase since 2000.

NHSBT statement in response to two cases of lymphoma transfer through kidney transplantation, Liverpool

01 November 2010

Lynda Hamlyn, Chief Executive of NHS Blood and Transplant said: "On behalf of NHSBT I offer our sincere and unreserved apologies to the patients for the fact that each received a donated kidney that would have been rejected by their surgeon if he had been aware of the complete donor information.

October 2010

NHSBT response to Professor Sir Gordon Duff's independent review of the NHS Organ Donor Register

19 October 2010

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) welcomes Professor Sir Gordon Duff’s independent review into mis-recording of data on the Organ Donor Register (ODR), and his finding that the issue was handled with the appropriate level of urgency, diligence and sensitivity.

NHSBT Tissue Services to assist Progenteq in further development of its allogeneic cartilage cell therapy

18 October 2010

A new venture for NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) Tissue Services sees its specialist research and development laboratories assisting Progenteq with the next stage in the development of the company’s novel cartilage replacement therapy.

ME/CFS sufferers permanently deferred from giving blood

7 October 2010

From 1 November 2010, people with Myalgic Encephalitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) were permanently deferred from giving blood in the UK.

September 2010

European transplant conference comes to Cardiff

22 September 2010

Organ donation experts from around the world will meet in Cardiff this week to discuss ways of tackling the desperate shortage of organs for transplant that, in the UK alone, leads to around 1,000 deaths a year.

August 2010

NHSBT response to Lancet article on success of Donation after Cardiac Death kidney transplants

19 August 2010

NHSBT welcomes this study which highlights the success of kidney transplants made possible through donors who have died from “cardiac death”.

NHSBT Annual Review 2009/2010 - Saving and Improving Lives

18 August 2010

A major improvement programme around the production of lifesaving blood delivered savings for the NHS of £20 million last year according to NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) whose Annual Review 2009-10 was published today.

July 2010

Arm's-Length Bodies Review - NHSBT to continue as a Special Health Authority

26 July 2010

NHS Blood and Transplant's continued status as the Special Health Authority responsible for securing the safe supply of blood, organs and associated services to the NHS was confirmed today in a statement by Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, on the Arm's-Length Bodies Review.

Access to kidney transplantation in the UK

21 July 2010

In response to an article published on bmj.com on 21 July 2010 regarding variations between centres in terms of patients’ access to kidney transplantation, James Neuberger, Associate Medical Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHSBT, said...

June 2010

You don't have to like football to support NHSBT's Team Red

21 June 2010

Love it or hate it the football World Cup is now dominating our TVs, newspapers, radios and social network sites. Non-football fans may be finding themselves sharing their other halves with the game of two halves and, to avoid a dip in blood stocks, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is asking those wishing to avoid all things football to give blood instead.

London's flagship blood donor centre celebrates World Blood Donor Day

20 June 2010

TV presenter Dallas Campbell, along with a donor who has given more than 150 units of blood over the past 43 years, helped cut the ribbon today at the re-opening of NHS Blood and Transplant’s (NHSBT) flagship blood donor centre in the heart of London’s West End.

NHSBT statement on the use of discard plasma for non-clinical purposes

11 June 2010

TV presenter Dallas Campbell along with a donor who has given more than 150 units of blood over the past 43 years are to help cut the ribbon at the re-opening of NHS Blood and Transplant's (NHSBT's) flagship blood donor centre in the heart of London's West End.

NHSBT offers free cab journey if you sign up to the Organ Donor Register

8 June 2010

When thousands of people hail down a black cab today, there will be only one to look out for, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is offering a free cab journey to anyone willing to sign up to the Organ Donor Register (ODR) whilst in the cab.

Help us keep blood stocks healthy during the World Cup

3 June 2010

Don’t let the excitement of the World Cup stop you from saving a life. Seven thousand units of blood a day are needed to meet demand and NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is appealing to the public to plan their appointments around match fixtures so they can still support their team and give blood.

April 2010

Recording of incorrect data on the NHS Organ Donor Register

18th April, 2013

We have identified a technical error in recording information on the NHS Organ Donor Register. This only affects those who have registered via the driving licence application form.

March 2010

Give and Let Live gives teachers the resource to ensure future generations of donors

31 March 2010

Secondary school teachers are being urged to play their part in developing new donors and “good citizens” for the future.

requested allocation of a deceased donor organ

29 March 2010

NHS Blood and Transplant welcomes the introduction of guidance designed to allow for flexibility in the allocation of donated organs in exceptional circumstances.

New Non-executive Director for NHS Blood and Transplant

23 March 2010

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has announced the appointment of Mr Shaun Williams as a new Non-executive Director. The appointment was made by the Appointments Commission.

February 2010

New 10-year UK blood stem cell strategy to be created

9 February 2010

Gillian Merron, Public Health Minister, has asked NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) to lead a team of experts in creating a new 10-year strategy for the provision of blood stem cells, including those from cord blood to fight leukaemias and other blood disorders.

January 2010

Professional Development Programme to improve organ donation

27 January 2010

A unique programme to support a UK-wide network of hospital organ donation “champions” is to be launched next week.

November 2009

New research highlights need to bridge gap between good intentions and action

02 November 2009

As the first multimedia campaign to promote organ donation rolls out across the UK today, new research reveals the gap between what we would take and what we are prepared to give.

October 2009

World's largest blood processing centre to be opened by renowned heart transplant surgeon

29 October 2009

An NHS centre at the heart of saving lives in England and North Wales and across the world is to be officially opened by world-famous heart surgeon, Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub.

New NHS Cord Blood collection centre opens at St George's Hospital

19 October 2009

A new centre for the collection of vital cord blood donations will be opened on Monday by Public Health Minister, Gillian Merron.

NHS Blood and Transplant rated 'excellent'

15 October 2009

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has received an “excellent” rating in the annual health check results announced today by the Care Quality Commission. This is the highest standard achievable.

Reform Of Organ Donation And Transplantation Service Is Helping To Save More Lives

8 October 2009

Less than two years after publication of a report calling for radical changes to the UK’s donation and transplant service, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has recruited an additional 65 specialist nurses – Donor Transplant Co-ordinators – who guide families through the process of deceased donation.

September 2009

Calling a new generation of lifesavers

09 September 2009

As universities across the country welcome their first-year students, the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) team is donning its swimwear to find a new generation of lifesavers!

August 2009

An every day dilemma for UK doctors

27 August 2009

In the UK there is a shortage of donor livers for transplant. There are currently 380 patients waiting for a liver transplant, of whom 38 are aged 25 years or less.

Never too late to donate

26 August 2009

More than half of the over 55s in the UK have written themselves off as potential organ donors, according to research commissioned by NHS Blood and Transplant, as they believe they are either too old or too ill for their organs to be of use.

Blood Buddies - 'Don't Wait to Donate - and Bring Your Mate!'

19 August 2009

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is appealing to the public to give blood now to save lives this winter - and asking them to take a friend, colleague or family member along too.

Diversity and Don Warrington launch 'Blood Buddies campaign' - 'Don't Wait to Donate - and Bring Your Mate!'

18 August 2009

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) today launched a campaign appealing to the public to give blood now to save lives this winter – and asking them to take a friend, colleague or family member along too.

July 2009

Report on allocation of organs to non-UK EU residents

31 July 2009

In response to the publication of the report, Lynda Hamlyn, Chief Executive of NHS Blood and Transplant, said...

Welsh Language Scheme

14 July 2009

WELSH LANGUAGE ACT 1993 PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON DRAFT WELSH LANGUAGE SCHEME From 13.07.2009 to 06.09.2009

NHS Blood and Transplant launches draft Welsh Language Scheme Consultation

13 July 2009

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has launched a consultation paper on its proposed Welsh Language Scheme and comments are invited from Welsh speaking and other members of the public who may be affected by it.

Gwasanaeth Gwaed a Thrawsblaniadau'r GIG yn lansio Ymgynghoriad ar Gynllun Iaith Gymraeg drafft

13 July 2009

Mae Gwasanaeth Gwaed a Thrawsblaniadau'r GIG wedi lansio papur ymgynghori ar ei Gynllun Iaith Gymraeg arfaethedig a gwahoddir sylwadau gan Gymry Cymraeg ac aelodau eraill o'r cyhoedd y gallai'r cynllun effeithio arnynt.

Organ donation map highlights UK variations

6 July 2009

While Lands End and John O'Groats may be poles apart geographically they're side by side when it comes to generosity.

June 2009

Faith group leaders come together to support 'Wall of Life'

23 June 2009

Leaders of the major faith groups have put their support behind the Wall of Life, an interactive campaign launched today by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).

Since the World Health Organisation raised the Swine Flu pandemic to Level 6, should I carry on giving blood?

16 June 2009

It has established plans for managing the impact of a flu pandemic on its operations and services, and these are being followed and kept under review.

NHS Blood and Transplant recognised as Laureate & health category finalist by the Computerworld Honours Program

15 June 2009

Global Information Technology Awards Foundation pays tribute to individuals and organisations that use information technology to benefit society

May 2009

Record donation levels in 2008-09 - but need for donors never stops

26 May 2009

A record high in organ transplantation was matched with increasing numbers of people signing up to give blood last year.

Summary of International Policies relating to the Exclusion of Men who have Sex with Men from Blood Donation

01 March 2009

EC Directive 2004/33 states that “persons whose sexual behaviour puts them at high risk of acquiring severe infectious diseases that can be transmitted by blood" must be permanently deferred from donating blood.

April 2009

One number to give - one number to call

30 April 2009

It is now simpler than ever to register to give blood or donate organs thanks to the introduction of a new, life-saving hotline that connects donors to NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).

March 2009

blood policy review to follow new research

12 March 2009

New research about blood donors undertaken over the past two years and to be published shortly will act as the basis for a review of policies governing exclusion and deferral from blood donation.

Review of the organ allocation system for non-UK residents

11 March 2009

In response to the announcement of the review, Bill Fullagar, Chairman of NHS Blood and Transplant, said...

Summary of International Policies relating to the Exclusion of Men who have Sex with Men from Blood Donation

01 March 2009

EC Directive 2004/33 states that “persons whose sexual behaviour puts them at high risk of acquiring severe infectious diseases that can be transmitted by blood" must be permanently deferred from donating blood.

February 2009

Exploring the donation paradox

2 February 2009

A groundbreaking market research project to investigate the real reasons why people in the UK do not sign up to donate their organs has been commissioned by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).

January 2009

Minister opens Manufacturing Hall, Filton Blood Centre

27 January 2009

Dawn Primarolo, Minister of State for Public Health and MP for Bristol South, visited the state-of-the-art blood centre in Filton yesterday to open the manufacturing hall.

Life-saving organ donor register reaches 16 million early

22 January 2009

A call to double the number of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register (ODR) to 16 million has been achieved – 12 months before the planned date.

Eligibility of non-UK Residents to Receive Donated Organs

08 January 2009

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has a statutory responsibility to ensure the integrity of organ donation in the United Kingdom – specifically, that organs donated for transplant are matched and allocated in a fair way, based on the clinical need of the patient and in accordance with the law.

December 2008

New Year's Resolution: Make 2009 the Year of Donation

30 December 2008

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is calling on the public to mark the year ahead with a commitment to donation by giving blood and signing up on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

November 2008

Organ Donation: Public awareness is key to success

17 November 2008

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) welcomes the Government’s call for more people across the country to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

September 2008

Blood donation now a life saving choice for even more of us

26 September 2008

More people are able to be blood donors following changes to the UK blood service rules. The changes apply to people with diabetes, and also those with high blood pressure, who manage their condition by taking tablets.

NHSBT issues revised version of Give and Let Live education pack

25 September 2008

Students in classrooms across the UK will be able to learn about the dramatic effects of blood, organ, bone marrow and tissue donation.

July 2008

New directors complete team at NHS Blood and Transplant

31 July 2008

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has appointed four new directors to complete the executive team which will take forward an ambitious programme to develop blood and organ services over the next five years.

NHS Blood and Transplant appoints director of organ donation and transplantation

30 July 2008

Following changes to the top-level structure of the organisation, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has appointed Sally Johnson as Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation. She will take up the post in September 2008.

NHS Blood and Transplant appoints directors to lead service modernisation

31 July 2008

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has appointed Dr Clive Ronaldson as Director of Patient Services and Andy Young as Director of Blood Donation.

February 2008

NHS Blood and Transplant appoints new director of finance

22 February 2008

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has appointed Rob Bradburn, BSc, ACA, as its new Director of Finance. He will take up the post in April 2008.

January 2008

NHS Blood and Transplant to establish national organ donation organisation

16 January 2008

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) today welcomed publication of the report of the Organ Donation Taskforce set up by the Government.

October 2007

New chief executive for NHS Blood and Transplant

29 October 2007

Lynda Hamlyn has been appointed Chief Executive of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). She will take up the post early in the New Year.

September 2007

NHS Blood and Transplant appoints new medical director

25 September 2007

NHS Blood & Transplant (NHSBT) today announced the appointment of its new Medical Director, Dr Lorna Williamson, BSc, MD, FRCP, FRCPath. Dr Williamson will take up the post on 1st October 2007.

Schools help future donors to Give and Let Live

23 September 2007

Thousands of school children across the UK are to be offered a special lesson in life, aimed at highlighting the ongoing need for blood, organ, tissue, and bone marrow donors.

August 2007

NHS Blood and Transplant chief executive retires

01 August 2007

Martin Gorham is stepping down as Chief Executive of NHS Blood andTransplant following a career of almost 40 years in the NHS.

July 2007

NHS good citizenship plea - Help to create a generation of lifesavers with new educational resource for schools

19 July 2007

The real life tragedy of a teacher who died in need of a bone marrow transplant is behind a brand new educational programme being launched in secondary schools this Autumn.

May 2007

NHS Blood and Transplant annual business plan published

17 May 2007

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has published its annual business plan for 2007-2008.

November 2006

NHS Blood and Transplant announces strategy of modernisation and investment

29 November 2006

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) today (29 November) published its proposed strategy, which is focussed on modernisation and investment to ensure continued delivery of high-quality services to patients and the NHS in the future.

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