A history of donation, transfusion and transplantation
As the NHS marks its 70th birthday, we take a look back at the history of donation, transfusion and transplantation through the ages.
Blood donations and transfusions save and improve thousands of lives every year. Around 825,000 people volunteer to give blood each year because they want to make a difference. Just like doctors and nurses, our donors are heroes of the NHS. Here are some key events in the history.
Organ and tissue donation and transplantation
Transplants are a miracle of modern medicine. The donation of organs and tissue from one person to another saves and improves around 3000 lives in the UK every year.