Hospitals win charity contract

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LIFESAVING bone marrow and blood stem cell donations are to be collected in Sheffield for the first time.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and the NHS Blood and Transplant service have won a contract with national charity Anthony Nolan to become the first stem cell collection centre outside London.

Anthony Nolan matches donors to people who have blood cancers such as leukaemia and other conditions.

As part of the new collaboration, donors selected for stem cell donation will be able to donate their cells in Sheffield rather than having to travel to London.

Dr John Snowden, blood and marrow transplant director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: “This contract will help us create a first-class bone marrow stem cell collection centre which will form the basis of lifesaving treatments for patients all over the world.”