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Blood and Marrow Transplantation is where we replace parts of the body called stem cells as a way to cure difficult diseases and cancer.

This page gives more information about this work.

The number of conditions treated with haemopoietic stem cells has increased rapidly in recent years. In addition to bone marrow, alternative sources of haemopoietic progenitor cells such as mobilized peripheral blood donations or cord blood are being used increasingly.

Who we are

The primary role of the laboratory is to provide high quality stem cell preparations and related products for the purpose of stem cell transplantation. The laboratory provides technical support for the José Carreras Transplant Unit at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals and the Oncology Unit at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

On receipt by the laboratory the donations are processed in sterile conditions in laminar airflow cabinets, located in a HEPA filtered clean room, into products appropriate for transplantation. The clean room is built to Good Manufacturing Practice standards. Personal protective clothing such as sterile polyester coats, clogs, hats and sterile gloves are worn at all times when working in the clean room.

The stem cell preparations and related products may be infused immediately or cryopreserved for later use.

In order to ensure a high standard of processing in line with Good Manufacturing Practice the laboratory practices have been implemented in accordance with the following guidelines.