Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service

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The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) is the national blood, blood product and tissue provider. It is an operating division of NHS National Services Scotland (NSS).


The first dedicated transfusion service in Scotland was formed at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in 1930.[1]


There are five blood centres, in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

The SNBTS also has several mobile units that travel to the remote centres and communities. These are usually set up in village halls and community centres etc. They tend to return approximately every 13 weeks, which can allow for up to 4 donations each year.

In November 2011 it was announced that a new national centre would built within the Heriot-Watt research park in Edinburgh, and would include labs, offices and other facilities.[2] By October 2014, construction work had begun on the new £43 million facility.[3] The new centre is due to be completed in 2017 and has been funded using the Scottish Government’s Non Profit Distributing (NPD) model.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About the SNBTS - History and Background". The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  2. ^ "Blood transfusion service to build new HQ in Capital". Edinburgh Evening News. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Construction begins on new national blood centre". The Scotsman. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "National blood centre". Scottish Government. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 

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