The NHS cord blood bank was set up in 1996 to collect, process, store and supply cord blood. Our work is for the sole purpose of providing a life saving product from something that is normally thrown away.
We are a public cord blood bank, are part of the NHS and it is free for people to donate their cord blood to us. We currently have around 20,000 donations banked, which are available to any patients who needs a stem cell transplant in the UK or abroad. It is the fourth largest internationally accredited cord blood bank in the world, with the second highest percentage of rare tissue types.
By donating cord blood to us after the birth of a baby, mothers are making a voluntary donation that could help any patient who is in need of an unrelated cord blood transplant, in the UK or anywhere in the world.
Cord blood is only collected in hospitals where we have dedicated, trained staff. Currently these are Barnet General Hospital, Northwick Park Hospital, Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Watford General Hospital, St George's Hospital and University College Hospital.
Cord blood is the blood that remains in the placenta and umbilical cord after a baby is born. It is rich in stem cells, which can help to cure many life threatening diseases.
The stem cells found in cord blood restore the function of the patient´s immune and blood producing systems. It is an alternative to using bone marrow, with the advantage of being immediately available when required.
Learn more by visiting the microsite: www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/cordblood