Transplants and donation in the United Kingdom

Blood donation rules relaxed for UK gay men

2017.07.31

Blood donation restrictions for gay men are to be relaxed in England and Scotland under a series of equalities reforms. Gay men will be allowed to donate blood three months after sexual intercourse instead ...

Northern Ireland finally allows gay blood donors

2016.06.03

Northern Ireland has made an historic decision to lift the ban on gay and bisexual blood donations. It was introduced in 1981 during the HIV crisis and has remained in place ever since, despite ...

The last family argument comes after death

2016.01.18

Someone's wish to donate their organs after death may go against the wishes of their loved ones. This thorny issue has been highlighted recently in England by a study showing that, since 2010, nearly ...

First transplant from newborn baby

2015.01.20

Doctors at Hammersmith hospital have performed the UK’s first organ donation from a baby in a medical milestone that could see more newborns become donors. The guidelines currently in force across the country, in ...

First trial with stem cell-derived blood by 2016

2014.04.16

First experiment with stem cell-derived blood will be conducted on volunteers by 2016, as announced by WelLcome Trust that financed the research programme and by the consortium led by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service ...