Donor Program

In order to meet surgical demand for fresh frozen femoral heads (the current product of choice of surgeons performing revision hip surgery) we have established partnerships with around 90 hospitals in England. These partnerships, which make up the live bone donor programme, enable us to ensure that patients undergoing primary hip replacement surgery are offered the option to donate their femoral head which is removed as part of the operation.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has a team of specially trained staff who are employed to work with hospitals to set up and run these partnerships. The surgical bone programme is defined in an SLA which each participating hospital and NHSBT sign up to. NHSBT staff provide full, on the ground support and training for our hospital partners in every aspect of the programme. All expenses are met by NHSBT and we also reimburse staff time and arrange all the relevant HTA licences. If your hospital has an active hip replacement programme and you are not currently one of our live bone donor sites, then please contact us to discuss the possibility of joining our network of partner sites to providing urgently required tissue for transplant.

NHSBT Tissue Services has recently developed a cleaning protocol that removes circa 99.9% of marrow/blood components from whole femoral heads. This significantly reduces the already minimal risk of donor to recipient infection, and is currently being scaled up so that it will be available for all donated femoral heads if required.

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0845 607 6819

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