NHSBT partners with Sheffield teaching hospitals to expand stem cell and bone marrow collection centre services for donors from DKMS (Delete Blood Cancer) from 1 April 2019
Until now, Therapeutic Apheresis Services (TAS) Sheffield has provided registry donor collection services for the British Bone Marrow Registry and the Anthony Nolan. Providing services for DKMS will establish NHSBT as the only NHS provider to all three stem cell and bone marrow registries operating in England.
The registry collection service offered from Sheffield is provided in close collaboration with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The service is highly regarded by transplant centres across the world for the quality of the stem cell and bone marrow collections provided for patients.
DKMS is an international non-profit organisation that holds a registry of over 7.5 million potential healthy stem cell donors worldwide. It was founded in Germany and over the last few years have expanded to include a presence in Poland, Spain, United States and the UK. The organisation has facilitated over 64,000 stem cell donations from healthy donors in support of transplant patients across the world since it established in 1991.
Lydia Ball, Service Development Manager - Therapeutic Apheresis Services