2013

  • Lynda Hamlyn wins Health Service Journal Chief Executive of the Year and awarded CBE for services to healthcare in the New Year's Honours 2014.

    Lynda Hamlyn CEO of NHSBT
  • Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020 - a UK Strategy - launched with the backing of the four UK health ministers, setting out action to achieve world class performance in organ donation and transplantation.

    Cover of TOT2020 Document
  • The Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill passed by the National Assembly for Wales with the new law due to be come into effect in 2015.

    Sealing of the Bill
  • NHS achieves ground breaking 50% increase in deceased organ donors, the challenge set by the Organ Donation Taskforce in 2008

    Organ Donation Taskforce
  • Chairman Bill Fullagar retires and John Pattullo is appointed as new Chairman of NHSBT

    Bill Fullagar Chairman

2012

2011

  • Bio Products Laboratory transfers to Department of Health, becoming BPL Ltd, which along with DCI Biologicals Inc forms Plasma Resources UK Ltd

    Bio Products Laboratory (Logo)
  • First National Blood Week, resulted in 20,000 new donors, 98,000 appointments and won several national awards.

    National Blood Week (Logo)

2010

  • A record 3,706 transplants were carried out in the UK in 2009/10 a 5% increase from previous year.

    Transplant Recipients with NHSBT CEO

2009

  • Care Quality Commission rates NHSBT 'excellent' in annual health check – the highest standard achievable.

    Care Quality Commision (Logo)
  • One donor line number 0300 123 23 23 launches for organ and blood donors - available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Donor Number with Logo

2008

  • Lynda Hamlyn appointed NHSBT Chief Executive.

    Organ Donation Taskforce Report published recommending actions intended to increase organ donation by 50% within five years

    Lynda Hamlyn shaking hands
  • Filton Blood Centre in Bristol opens its doors and is the world's largest blood centre capable of testing up to 1m units of blood every year.

    NHSBT Filton

2005

  • NHS Blood and Transplant established following the merger of NBS and UK Transplant also including Bio Products Laboratory (BPL)

    NHS Blood and Transplant (Logo)

2002

  • NBS was one of the founder members of the Alliance of Blood Operators, with USA, Canada and Australia.

    National Blood Service (Logo)

2000

  • UK Transplant takes over from UKTSSA with new, extended remit to increase organ donation rates.

    Organ Donation (Logo)

1998

  • National Blood Service is a founder member of the European Blood Alliance (EBA).

    European Blood Alliance (Logo)

1996

  • National Blood Service celebrates 50 years

    National Blood Service (Logo)

1994

  • NHS Organ Donor Register established.

    Organ Donor Card in Wallet

1991

  • UK Transplant Service became an NHS special health authority and was renamed the United Kingdom Transplant Support Service Authority (UKTSSA).

1979

  • NTTRL and NOMDS merge to form the UK Transplant Service.

1972

  • National Organ Matching and Distribution Service (NOMDS) was founded.

1968

  • National Tissue Typing and Reference Laboratory (NTTRL) was established at Southmead Hospital Bristol.

1946

  • Blood Transfusion Service launched becoming National Blood Service (NBS).