What We Do

Our work is dedicated to saving and improving lives.

We provide a Blood and Transplant service to the NHS which means supplying enough safe blood to hospitals in England, tissues and solid organs to hospitals across the UK, and we can't do it alone. Each year our donors give around two million donations of blood and 3,500 organs,saving and transforming countless lives.

Safeguarding blood supply and increasing the number of donated organs involves collecting, testing, processing, storing and delivering blood, plasma and tissue to every NHS Trust in England. We also match, allocate, audit and analyse organ donations across the whole of the UK.

Surgeons preparing for theatre

We are privileged to have some of the world's most modern and innovative facilities at our blood and tissue centres. We are also privileged to have the support of so many amazing donors for blood, tissues and organs. Our centres receive and process these blood and tissue donations under tight guidelines with incredible efficiency, ensuring that products are successfully delivered to the hospitals that need them every day.

As a Special Health Authority in England and Wales (accountable to the Department of Health) we are responsible for managing all the products and services previously provided by the National Blood Authority and UK Transplant, including:

  • Promoting blood, tissue and organ donation to the public
  • Managing the supply of blood to hospitals in England
  • Managing organ transplantation in the UK
  • Managing the British Bone Marrow Register
  • Working with hospital colleagues to promote the safe and appropriate use of blood
  • Providing a range of tissues and other services to hospitals
  • Provision of a wide range of diagnostic services

You can find out more about the scope of our work, our donors, the patients we serve, and how you can be a part of saving lives through donation in the sections on this website.

Supplying of blood for UK nationals abroad

NHSBT does not supply blood for overseas nationals or UK nationals abroad. The Blood Care Foundation can provide blood in an emergency as part of its membership programme. The Foundation will also try and assist non-members on a case-by-case basis but the patient would need to meet any delivery and associated costs involved. Please visit http://www.bloodcare.org.uk/ or Tel +44 (0) 1403 262652 for further information.

Blood 2020

A strategy for the blood supply in England

The Blood 2020 strategy outlines a range of initiatives and activities that will help us achieve our ambition to be the best organisation of our type in the world. From donor to patient we will use technology to improve the experience and extend our 24/7 service. We will draw on world leading research and innovation to improve our products. We will continue to work with hospitals to improve blood usage and integrate our service.

Click here for Blood 2020 document

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