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08 March 2021

Platelet donor John completes ‘20 in 20’ challenge

On Friday 26 February 2021, John Tett gave his 20th platelet donation at Birmingham donor centre to complete his ‘20 in 20’ challenge.

04 March 2021

NHSBT and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) announce funding competition

NHSBT in partnership with the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) has announced a funding competition to award £19.9 million to new NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Units (BTRUs).

04 March 2021

Coronavirus update

How we're working to respond to the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

25 February 2021

UK plasma ban lifted

NHSBT welcomes the decision by ministers to lift the ban on UK plasma for fractionation following a review by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM).

21 February 2021

World-first paediatric heart transplant technique boosts number of life-saving operations for children in the UK

Using a technique that ‘reanimates’ the heart outside of the body, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Royal Papworth Hospital and NHS Blood & Transplant expand the donor pool and perform six paediatric heart transplants in 2020

19 February 2021

New organ donation process enables pioneering diabetes research

Pioneering research into the causes and treatment of diabetes will be led by Newcastle University thanks to a new national programme allowing scientists to study the pancreases of people with the condition.

10 February 2021

Muslim community ambassadors launch appeal to donate plasma for COVID research

A new appeal launched today is urging more men from Muslim communities nationwide who have had Covid-19 to register as plasma donors.

10 February 2021

New NHS campaign urges people to talk to family and ‘Leave Them Certain’ about organ donation

The NHS is launching a new campaign to urge families to talk about organ donation following research that less than half of adults in England have had the conversation.

05 February 2021

Alfie is youngest COVID survivor to donate plasma for research

Alife Watts has become the youngest person to beat coronavirus and donate convalescent plasma for coronavirus research.

20 January 2021

Convalescent plasma donations for COVID-19 restarting

NHS Blood and Transplant is restarting COVID-19 convalescent plasma donations, after discussions with the Department of Health and Social Care.

15 January 2021

RECOVERY trial stops treating patients with convalescent plasma

Interim results do not show evidence that convalescent plasma has an overall benefit on patient outcomes in moderately ill people.

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