NHS Blood and Transplant

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NHS Blood and Transplant

A special health authority created in 2005 by the merger of the National Blood Service and UK Transplant, which manages the national voluntary donation system for blood, tissues, organs and stem cells, turning donations into products that can be used safely to benefit patients. NHSBT supplies ±2 million units of blood/year to hospitals in England and north Wales. In 2010, it received 3,500 organ and 4,000 tissue donations and banked 2,200 cord blood units from across the UK.
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Further information about this tender exercise and tender documentation can be accessed via NHSBT eSourcing portal https://nhsbt.
The NHSBT said that this Christmas more than 200,000 blood donors are needed to help hundreds of thousands of patients across the country.
And as hospitals need 7,000 units of blood each day to treat patients with chronic conditions like cancer and anaemia - along with people needing treatment for often life-threatening illnesses and injuries - NHSBT is encouraging new or returning donors to book an appointment.
Jon Latham, Assistant Director of Marketing at NHSBT said: "Christmas is not far away and children across the country are counting down the days until Santa comes to visit.
But in an email to one company which regularly held bloodmobile sessions, the NHSBT said: "As of March 2014, NHS Blood and Transplant has decided to cease operating mobile sessions in the Midlands completely.
f In a stinging two-page letter of complaint, shown to the Irish Mirror, NHSBT chiefs accuse the BBC of creating "a risk to public confidence" in the transplant system.
Recent figures released by NHSBT showed Wales stands well below the UK average with just a 15.
8 " Despite the increase in organ donors, the numbers of families refusing to grant consent remains among the highest in Europe, and NHSBT is calling for more to be done.
Sally Johnson, NHSBT director of organ donation and transplantation, said: "We need a transformation in donor and family consent to organ donation because the UK's family refusal rate remains one of the highest in Europe.
NHSBT spokesperson Jon Latham urged people to keep donating throughout August.
The NHSBT statistics coincided with statistics released on the annual World Blood Donor Day on June 14th.