it is quite diffcult to have both nhs and private.i think u can only do one. cos there are not much cord blood left when your placenta are out. i work as a theatre nurse. when do surgery, our hosp do get cord blood to do blood testing. each time, they are only like 3 - 5ml (or even less) of blood from the vein and artery. if you want your baby to have the cord blood save, it is best to have it done privately.
but u got to know those cord blood only can keep for 20 years and one use only. it means after ur baby is 21 and got the xxx, the cord blood is useless. also the cord blood can only use for 1 treatment (might have 2, dun really know). if the first treatment, nothing works for your baby, that's it! And also the cord blood at the moment are only good for 4 type of disease. if ur kid happens to have other disease, it wont work.
the priavte stem cell collections normally only keep it for your kids, it wont get it to other people. no such tihings as save it for nhs too.
once 20 yrs up, they will discard it. but we knows, in 10 years time, science might have improve a lot and it can keep for longer and good for other diseases!
3 years ago, i made a few phone call to nhs stem cell donation down in london. they wont be able to collect it if you not from their hospital. (they r not allow to travel around) also depend if they have people to collect it when u r having your baby. for example, weekend, bank holiday, during night time.....
gtg, feel like sleeping now. will write when i got time.
some private do 20 yr storage, some do 25 - 30. it all depends on the company and mean more ££ to pay the company to keep the blood.
i had looked at it a couple yrs ago. spoken to my hospital surgeon (who i work), they r not really keen on that cos...... but at the end of the day, is your choice. i choose not to do it private. so i turn to nhs for donation but... mine hospital dun have it.
it is a great news that ur nhs hosp do collect cord blood. when i down in london, i had to call so many places and they not willing to do it at all. mine down in kingston upon trent dun even had the facitilies to do it. so in the end, it went to waste!
sorry if i said too much info and confuse u.
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