Since 2005, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has been the UK's major provider of tissue for transplantation. NHSBT has recently moved in to the first purpose built centre for tissue donation in the UK, based in Speke. It provides a base for the largest tissue bank in the UK, collecting and storing tissues such as skin, bone and tendons for hospitals across the UK. The centre is a major step forward in the donation of human tissue. Historically, tissues have been obtained from deceased donors in mortuaries, however the donation process can now be carried out in a high grade facility built to the same standards as an operating theatre. The donated tissue is then transferred directly to clean rooms to be prepared for transplantation into stored pending clinical requirement. While this is taking place, medical staff obtain further information about the donors from relatives and doctors to ensure that the tissue is safe for transplantation.
Scientists working at the site provide support to hospitals throughout the North West of England, including antenatal testing, blood grouping and antibody screening.
Other services based at the site include the National Frozen Blood Bank, which provides stocks of rare blood for patients from all over the world, and the preparation 'artificial tears' for patients with severe dry eye problems, which are prepared from their own blood. The Speke site is also the base for blood collection in the region and issues blood to local hospitals.
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0845 607 6820
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0845 607 6819
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