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Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service

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The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) is a strategic business unit of NHS National Services Scotland (NSS).

Accountable to the Scottish Government, NSS works at the very heart of the health service, providing national support services and expert advice to NHS Scotland. It also plays an active and crucial role in the delivery of effective healthcare to patients and the public.

SNBTS is the specialist provider of transfusion medicine in Scotland, supplying high quality blood, tissues, cells and services.

It works with communities, hospitals and professionals to ensure that the donor's gift is used wisely and effectively for the benefit of patients.

A key priority is to ensure that NHSScotland has enough blood to meet the transfusion needs of patients in Scotland. This includes making sure that blood, tissues and cells are available when patients need them. SNBTS procures, processes and stores haematopoietic stem cells for clinical transplantation in HTA-licensed clean room facilities

The SNBTS Research, Development and Innovation directorate conducts laboratory and clinical research on blood safety, efficacy and translates and evaluates new cellular therapeutic approaches in the clinic. The Cellular Therapy group has participated in several clinical trials of dendritic cells and T cells for cancer treatment over the past 5 years. The next generation of cellular therapies are being translated and manufactured at the state of the art MHRA-licensed facilities at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) on the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh campus.

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