Blood testing centre gets green light from Holyrood

A NEW national centre for testing donated blood in Edinburgh has been given the go-ahead.

The Scottish Government has approved the outline business case for the £36.4 million centre for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS).

Director Mary Morgan said the purpose-built facility at Heriot-Watt Research Park would also allow them to pursue work to discover new technologies which could “transform patients’ lives in the years ahead”.

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As well as blood, the new centre will test other donated tissues – such as skin, bone and heart valves – helping ensure the future supply of these for patients across Scotland.

Ms Morgan stated: “SNBTS is one of the oldest blood services in the world and has been at the forefront of innovations for decades”.

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Health Secretary Alex Neil added: “Having the right facilities in the right place is important to people across Scotland and that is why we are determined to ensure our blood service is delivered from state-of-the-art facilities.”