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Winter can be an especially challenging time of year for health services. For mortuaries, higher numbers of deaths can pose problems if adequate numbers of refrigerated storage spaces are unavailable.
What is cord blood? Cord blood is the blood found in the umbilical cord and placenta.
In very few cases, there may be a specific medical need to bank a child’s cord blood. In these instances, a consulting physician may be able to arrange the collection and storage of the cord blood, free of charge through the NHS or Anthony Nolan’s directed donations service.
The HTA licenses both public and private cord blood banks in the UK. This section explains the different types of cord blood banking.
As part of our response to the coronavirus outbreak, we have produced guidance and key information to support professionals working at HTA licensed establishments.
The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) has produced this information to provide an overview of cryonics - the cryopreservation of whole bodies. We have worked with our public panel to find out what questions the public has about cryonics, and we have tried to answer those questions here.