Date: 01 June 2013

The London Clinic is the UK’s largest stem cell collection centre and the preferred provider for The Anthony Nolan Trust and the British Bone Marrow Registry.

This year, The London Clinic was awarded the very first ‘Centre of Excellence’ status by Terumo BCT, a global leader in blood component and cellular technologies and manufacturers of the apheresis equipment used at the Clinic.

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Terumo BCT asked The London Clinic to host an event to promote and share the best practice that underpins this Centre of Excellence status.

This prestigious seminar event took place at The London Clinic on 20 and 21 June 2013.  The seminar was attended by clinicians and managers from other European stem cell collection centres who heard presentations from staff from The London Clinic who were able to pass on their specialist knowledge, techniques and research. 

Topics included:  vascular access strategies, the laboratory perspective, the importance of quality management and how increased cell yields affect clinical outcomes. The presentations were organised by Grant Morgan who is The London Clinic’s Clinical Nurse Specialist. Grant has recently lectured in the USA on stem cell collection where he explained how The London Clinic successfully managed the transition from the Cobe Spectra cell separator to the Spectra Optia cell separator.

Sarah Holtby is The London Clinic’s Stem Cell Quality Manager.  She commented:  “We are, of course, delighted to be considered as Terumo BCT’s first Centre of Excellence.  We are proud that the high quality of the service we provide for patients has been recognised in this way.  The seminar was a wonderful opportunity for us to be able to share our best practice and our facilities in order to ultimately benefit patients the world over”.

The London Clinic is also the UK’s first independently owned private hospital to achieve Joint Accreditation Committee-ISCT (Europe) and EBMT accreditation, known as JACIE accreditation.  This is an internationally recognised system of accreditation that promotes the highest standards of clinical collection and processing of stem cells as part of a transplantation programme.

The London Clinic mainly uses stem cells to help patients with lymphoma and myeloma, and many of its consultants are involved in research programmes that benefit patients living with a wide range of conditions.

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