HOW TO REGISTER AS A POTENTIAL STEM CELL DONOR

IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU REGISTER AS A POTENTIAL BLOOD STEM CELL DONOR


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There are three ways to register in the UK, (via four organisations) – we know there’s a lot to read here ! but it is vital that you properly understand what’s involved:
• Each organisation has slightly different criteria you need to satisfy before you can register with them as a potential stem cell donor. Therefore please make sure you check the organisation’s criteria and the exclusions before registering.
• Please make sure you understand what is involved should you be a match for someone in need of a stem cell donor. Information and videos are on the websites of each organisation. It is quite rare to be a match so it’s important that you understand the consequences of what is involved so that no one is disappointed in the event you are called to donate. On average, there’s roughly a 1 in 1,200 chance that you’ll actually be asked to donate stem cells once on the register.
• You only need to register with one of the four organisations listed below. Once on the system, all data goes onto the same UK Register, so fundamentally, it doesn’t really matter how you join the register, just as long as you do please !
• If you have already registered with one of these organisations, you do not need to register again. Blood stem cell registration is NOT the same as giving blood. Most people give blood and are NOT on the stem cell registry, so if you’re not sure you can call either 0300 123 23 23 (BBMR) or 0800 37 15 02 (WBMDR) and ask before you go to donate blood.
• If you have already registered with one of these four organisations and have since moved address, changed your email or changed your name, please don’t forget to update them of your new details so that they can get in touch with you, should you be lucky enough to be a match !
1. Delete Blood Cancer UK
2. Anthony Nolan
Or, if you currently give blood, you can register when you next go to donate via:
3. British Bone Marrow Registry (BBMR)
4. Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry (WBMDR)
Please CHOOSE to register via any ONE of the following (n.b. it is a ONE TIME registration process):

DBClogohighres1. DELETE BLOOD CANCER UK

Age Criteria – You must be aged between 17 and 55 years old
Health Criteria – You need to be in general good health (check the exclusion criteria on website)
Weight Criteria – You must weigh over 7st 12 Ibs (50kg) & have a body mass index (BMI) lower than 40

a) Go online to www.deletebloodcancer.org.uk and fill in the online registration form.

b) Please select ‘Team Margot’ from the drop down box when asked ‘How did you hear about us’.

c) You will then be sent a ‘do it yourself’ swab kit in the post. Just rub the cotton bud like swabs on each cheek for 30 seconds, then pop the swabs back in the post in the return envelope.

d) That’s it ! your sample will be analysed and your data will be put on the UK register.

Thank you.

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VIDEO: by Manja the Hamster…

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2. ANTHONY NOLAN

Age Criteria – You must be aged between 16 and 30 years old
Health Criteria – You need to be in general good health (check the exclusion criteria on website)
Weight Criteria – you must weigh over 7st 12 Ibs (50kg) & have a body mass index (BMI) lower than 40

a) Go online to www.anthonynolan.org and fill in the online application form.

b) Please select ‘Team Margot’ from the drop down box when asked ‘What prompted you to join the register today?’

c) A ‘do it yourself’ spit kit will be sent to you in the post. All you need to do is spit into the small tube and post it back to Anthony Nolan.

d) That’s it ! Your sample will be tested and the results will be put on the UK Register.

Thank you.


VIDEO: If you already give blood, it’s easy to register as a stem cell donor (and it’s a one time event) …

 

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3. BRITISH BONE MARROW REGISTRY (BBMR)

Age Criteria – You must be aged between 18 and 49 years old
Other Criteria – You must also be a blood donor
Health Criteria – You need to be in general good health (check the exclusion criteria on website)
Weight Criteria – You must weigh over 8 stone (51kg)

a) You must already be a blood donor so when next giving blood, inform the staff at the blood donation session that you wish to join the BBMR before your blood donation is taken.

b) An extra blood sample will be taken during your blood donation.

c) That’s it ! Your tissue type will be identified and added to the UK Registry.

For further information go to :www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/bonemarrow or call the National Blood Service Donor Helpline on 0300 123 23 23.

Thank you.


 

WBMDR_Top4. WELSH BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY (WBMDR)

Age Criteria – You must be aged between 18 and 46 years old
Other Criteria – You must also be a blood donor
Health Criteria – You need to be in general good health (check the exclusion criteria on website)
Weight Criteria – You must weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg)

a) You must already be a blood donor so when next giving blood, inform the staff at the blood donation session that you wish to join the WBMDR before your blood donation is taken.

b) Alternatively enrol online at: https://www.welsh-blood.org.uk/enrol-online and you will be asked to give your blood sample the next time you give blood.

c) An extra blood sample will be taken during your blood donation.

d) That’s it. Your tissue type will be identified and added to the UK Registry.

For further information go to : www.welsh-blood.org.uk/giving-blood/bone-marrow-donor-registry/ or call the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry Office on FREEPHONE 0800 37 15 02.

Thank you.


Outside UK – International registration:

Each country has a slightly different approach to registering potential stem cell donors. Please visit www.bmdw.org to select your country.
Thank you.