9 March 2011
Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital is one of 75 hospitals that participates in the Bone Donation Programme which is run by the NHS Blood and Transplant Tissue Services banking bone from over 3,000 living donors.
All patients undergoing a total hip replacement are asked if they would like to donate their femoral head bone that they are having removed during their surgery. The donated bone can be used to benefit others.
Patients have to be consented by suitably qualified staff and Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital has three fully trained nurses to do this. Consent for donation is obtained at the Pre assessment Stage and the theatre staff are responsible for collecting the bone at surgery along with a blood sample.
On Tuesday 1st March Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital was presented with a certificate for consenting and collecting 115 patients and 109 femoral heads by NHSBT Tissue services – Surgical Bone Donation Programme in recognition of the effort and commitment by the staff involved.
|Pictured above: Donna Tweed, Pre Assessment Nurse, Moira Burgham, Pre Assessment Nurse, Rebecca Wilson, Lead Tissue Donation Practitioner, Kelly-Marie Lingham, Operating department support worker, Amanda Ranson, Regional Tissue Donation Manager, Becky Adomeit, Pre Assessment Nurse|
Moira Burgham, Pre Assessment Nurse said:
“We are really pleased to be able to do this at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital. Bone is the most frequently needed human tissue after blood and to be able to help patients who have suffered bone loss due to disease, trauma or previous surgery is fantastic.”
Not everyone can donate bone as there a number of exclusions such as certain diseases and having received a blood transfusion.
Like blood donors, bone donors are tested to ensure they are not carrying certain viruses.