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Tissue donation (after death) referrals

Vinod and Yvonne

Tissue Donation within Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is organised by Oxford Cell and Tissue Biobank.

We employ two Tissue Co-ordinators, Yvonne and Vinod, who will answer any queries about adult or paediatric tissue donation. They are trained to explain tissue donation sensitively to bereaved families.

If you would like to contact them, please call.

Tel: 01865 220076

For 24 hour call-out service, please call OUH switchboard

Tel: 0300 304 7777 (ask for the 'Tissue Bank')

Tissue donation referral guide

Tissues which can be donated Heart valves Corneas Neurological tissue (for research) Ovarian and testicular tissue (for research)
Age limit for donors Up to 70 years 3 - 80 years Up to 75 years From birth
Retrieval time limit after death 48 hours 30 hours 48 hours 48 hours
Summary of main exclusions Sepsis, Cancer, Parkinson's, Dementia, History of high risk behaviour Eye disease, Leukaemia, Lymphoma, Dementia, History of high risk behaviour Brain injury, Stroke, Sepsis, multi organ failure, alcoholism N/A
Benefits Saves the lives of children born with severely deformed hearts
Saves or improves the lives of adults with diseased or infected valves
Restore sight in patients with diseased or opaque corneas
Scleral tissue is used for reconstructive surgery
For research into neurological diseases including Parkinson's, motor neurone disease and autism For development of fertility preservation protocol for patients who have cytotoxic chemo- or radiotherapy

Tissue donation referral guide (printable pdf, 157 KB)