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Coronavirus update

Due to the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we have stopped all collections of cord blood until further notice. Please continue to register your interest in donating cord blood in the future.

Cord Blood Donation

With your help, we can provide a life-saving product from something that is normally thrown away.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we have temporarily stopped all collections of cord blood until further notice.

By donating your cord blood after the birth of your baby you could save someone's life.

The NHS Cord Blood Bank opened in 1996 and is the world`s fourth largest public cord blood bank. It is also has the second highest proportion of rare tissues types in the world.

The bank has over 22,000 cord blood units banked from mothers who have generously donated cord blood taken from the placenta and umbilical cord after the birth of a baby, which otherwise would have been discarded. 16,000 of these are suitable for clinical transplant whilst the remainder are available for research into new cell therapies. Thanks to their gift, many lives have been saved by stem cells from a donation of cord blood.

You're in safe hands

  • We hold a Blood Establishment Authorisation

  • We are regulated by the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

  • We are compliant with the Blood Safety and Quality regulations