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Cord Blood Donation
With the help of Paediatricians, Pathologists, Obstetricians of Kwong Wah, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary, Tsan Yuk Hospitals, and a donation of HK$11 million from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust as well as donations received from other donors, the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) established the first Cord Blood Bank in Hong Kong in 1998 to collect and provide patients with cord blood units for transplantation. The Cord Blood Bank was named “The Hong Kong Red Cross Catherine Chow Cord Blood Bank” to commemorate Ms Chow Tao Ying Catherine’s generous donation of HK$6.25 million (the Evertrue Family Trust) in 2007.  
 
The Hong Kong Red Cross Catherine Chow Cord Blood Bank attained the accreditation of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and NetCord in March 2013 that recognized our Cord Blood Bank’s achievement in production of cord blood units with quality up to international standards for clinical use.
 
We collect cord blood at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and United Christian Hospital as detailed below:
 
Monday to Friday (except the day before public holidays): 7:30am to 10:30pm
Sunday  (except the day before public holidays):10:00am to 6:00pm
One-day public holiday or the last day of long public holidays:7:30am to 10:30pm
 

The Hong Kong Red Cross Catherine Chow Cord Blood Bank attained the accreditation of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and NetCord in March 2013 that recognized our Cord Blood Bank’s achievement in production of cord blood units with quality up to international standards for clinical use.

  
Liquid Nitrogen containers for Storage of Cord Blood Units
              
1.
What is cord blood?
 
Cord Blood is the blood collected from placenta immediately after a baby is born. In the past, it is disposed along with the placenta as clinical waste. During the 60~70s, scientists discovered the cord blood was rich in blood cell progenitors (Haematopoietic stem cells), which like bone marrow can be infused to patients for treatment of various blood diseases such as leukaemia and thalassemia. Since then medical staff have collected and stored cord blood for clinical use.

2.
Will collection of cord blood from the placenta cause any harm to the mother or baby?
 
Collection of cord blood will not cause any harm to either the mother or the baby. Neither will it disturb the birth process as the collection is normally undertaken after the baby is born.

Cord Blood Collection from Placenta

3.
Will we or our child have priority to use stored cord blood, if in future we happen to need it?
 
BTS manages cord blood on the same principle as other blood products, i.e. BTS will provide patients with blood products for clinical use whenever they need it. No one has priority over another. In addition, cord blood donors cannot ask BTS to return their cord blood units to them for private use.

4.
Who can donate cord blood?
 

Any pregnant woman who meets the following requirements is eligible for cord blood donation:

  • She, her husband and children have no history of cancers
  • There is no history of Haemoglobinopathy, Immunodeficiency, Coagulopathy, Metabolic Diseases and Blood Cancers within her or her husband's immediate family
  • She is healthy and has no infectious diseases (e.g. venereal disease, Hepatitis B & C, AIDS etc)
  • She has not received any clotting factor concentrate, organ or tissue transplant
  • She has not spent three or more cumulative months in the UK between 1 January 1980 and 31 December 1996
  • She agrees to provide BTS with blood samples for infection marker testing according to the international standards
  • She is willing to provide BTS with the baby's full name, identity number and health information

 

Please fill in the Cord Blood Donation Registration Form and Fax to 27101232

For enquiries about cord blood donation and our cord blood collection time, please call us on 2710 1333 / 2710 1236 during office hours or enquire by email.


 

 

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