Stem Cell Service receives essential accreditation

Posted: December 21, 2016

Trust approved to carry out transplants

Stem Cell Team 400Following an inspection by the Joint Accreditation Committee-ISCT & EBMT (JACIE), the Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation Service at GWH has been awarded an important accreditation in the field of haematopoietic stem cell transplantation. 

The internationally recognised system of accreditation provides assurance of high quality patient care and laboratory performance in haematopoietic stem cell collection. 

Based against established international standards, the accreditation gives us the approval needed to provide a stem cell transplant service. 

Up to 20 patients a year, with blood cancers such as lymphoma and multiple myeloma, receive stem cell transplants at GWH. 

Without the accreditation patients would need to travel to Bristol or Oxford for treatment. 

This is the second time the Trust has received the accreditation which must be renewed every four years, with standards getting tougher each time. We are the 10th centre in the UK to be accredited under the new 6th Edition Standards which are extremely high.

Further information

Please see NHS Choices > Stem cell and bone marrow transplants - What happens.

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