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.
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.
12 December 2011
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) welcomes the NICE guideline on improving donor identification and consent for deceased organ donation, announced today.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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
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.
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.
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).
01 November 2011
Frequently asked questions relating to the 'Deferral of Men who have Sex with Men'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 October 2011
NHSBT has been shortlisted for three prestigious awards for its work to encourage and promote blood donation.
4 October 2011
Sally Johnson, NHSBT's Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation, said about the making of the documentary.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
13 July 2011
The Government today announced a £4m investment in NHS stem cell services.
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**.
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).
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.
28 June 2011
Doctors today renewed their support for changing the UK's organ donation system from informed to presumed consent.
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).
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.
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.'
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
7 October 2010
From 1 November 2010, people with Myalgic Encephalitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) were permanently deferred from giving blood in the UK.
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.
19 August 2010
NHSBT welcomes this study which highlights the success of kidney transplants made possible through donors who have died from “cardiac death”.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
31 March 2010
Secondary school teachers are being urged to play their part in developing new donors and “good citizens” for the future.
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.
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.
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.
27 January 2010
A unique programme to support a UK-wide network of hospital organ donation “champions” is to be launched next week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
31 July 2009
In response to the publication of the report, Lynda Hamlyn, Chief Executive of NHS Blood and Transplant, said...
14 July 2009
WELSH LANGUAGE ACT 1993 PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON DRAFT WELSH LANGUAGE SCHEME From 13.07.2009 to 06.09.2009
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
15 June 2009
Global Information Technology Awards Foundation pays tribute to individuals and organisations that use information technology to benefit society
26 May 2009
A record high in organ transplantation was matched with increasing numbers of people signing up to give blood last year.
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.
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).
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.
11 March 2009
In response to the announcement of the review, Bill Fullagar, Chairman of NHS Blood and Transplant, said...
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
16 January 2008
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) today welcomed publication of the report of the Organ Donation Taskforce set up by the Government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
17 May 2007
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has published its annual business plan for 2007-2008.
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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