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27 February 2024

NHS Blood and Transplant now using virtual reality training for blood transfusion matching

A man who receives lifesaving blood used a new NHS virtual reality package to learn how blood is matched.

21 February 2024

Barnsley engineer’s stem cells now in the centre he helped build ready to help save his life

Darren Dowlen will receive the stem cells he previously donated after being given chemotherapy to treat myeloma.

02 February 2024

New nationwide lung transplant scheme with urgent categories dramatically reduced waiting times for sickest patients

The creation of a nationwide organ transplant allocation policy successfully enabled the sickest patients to receive transplants sooner, a new research paper shows.

22 January 2024

First patients with inherited blood disorders to get world-first NHS test to curb transfusion side effects

From today, thousands of people with sickle cell disorder and thalassaemia in England will have access a world-first ‘blood matching’ genetic test on the NHS to better match their future blood transfusions.

17 January 2024

Call for more Millennials and Gen Zs to give blood as NHS reveals most donors are over 45

The NHS is calling for more younger donors to give blood as it is revealed that for the first time in five years there are more donors over the age of 45 than under.

25 October 2023

Increased proportion of people from ethnic minority backgrounds show their support for organ donation

A new report published today by NHS Blood and Transplant shows that an increased proportion of potential organ donors of Black and Asian heritage are showing their support by registering their decision to be a donor on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

24 October 2023

First patient has new cutting-edge therapy for cancer patients

Oxford University Hospitals is now a highly specialised NHS centre offering CAR-T therapies to people with cancer, after NHS England expanded access to the potentially life-saving treatment.

12 October 2023

Annual safety report shows no impact on safety since more gay and bisexual man were able to donate blood

The annual blood safety report shows no impact on blood safety since a more individualised assessment allowed more gay and bisexual men to donate blood.

11 October 2023

Urgent call for young Black and Asian men to register as stem cell donors

This Stem Cell awareness day, NHS Blood and Transplant is urging young Black African, Black Caribbean, and Asian men to register as lifesaving stem cell donors.

22 September 2023

NHS and Government take steps to boost Organ donation registrations

Plans announced to introduce organ donation registration option to passport applications.

19 July 2023

NHS will get better blood and organ matching data from Our Future Health partnership

Donors are being invited to give a blood sample to Our Future Health, which aims to transform the prevention, detection and treatment of conditions such as dementia, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

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