Registration


Taking the first step!

Registration is the first step to saving someone’s life it is very simple and straightforward…you can watch a short video compiled by Anthony Nolan in the donation section. 

So what are joining criteria…

Anthony Nolan will recruit fit, eligible persons between the ages of 16-30 years, you fill in a simple form and provide a mouth swab (previously it was a saliva sample).

Delete Blood Cancer recruit fit, eligible persons between 17-55 years, you fill in a simple form and provide a mouth swab.

Why the difference in age ranges? Anthony Nolan advise that given a choice, clinicians will invariably choose younger donors…research and feedback from medical professionals points to much better outcomes for patients with fewer post transplant complications, in short the younger the donor the better the chances for the patient…they have therefore taken the decision to set their registry joining criteria to reflect this in an effort to reduce the average age of donors available.

Can anyone register to be a stem cell donor?……………….Check your eligibility here…

You can register either by…

  • Going along to a locally organised event, such an event will be staffed by trained volunteers who will take you through the registration process they will…conduct the necessary initial donor eligibility screening, help you complete the necessary documentation, take the saliva sample from you and ensure it is subsequently processed appropriately. You will receive a donor registration card through the post in due course.
  • If you have internet access you can as an alternative register directly yourself…the procedure is set out below…

Online Registration…a simple two-stage process and is set out below…

1…visit http://www.anthonynolan.org/register or  https://www.deletebloodcancer.org.uk/become-a-donor/register.html complete the online registration form, it asks some simple medical screening questions to assess your suitability to become a donor.

2…Having completed the online form you will be sent a swab sample kit through the post. Follow the simple procedure set out with the kit and return in the prepaid envelope. The sample provides the register with details of tissue type for their database and will act as an initial indicator of a potential match.

Anthony Nolan/Delete Blood Cancer will check the sample and paperwork and if all is in order you will in due course receive a registration card through the post…that’s it… you are registered!

Another way to register?

You can also join the stem cell register when giving blood, simply tell the nurse you also wish to be a stem cell donor at the time you make your blood donation. It is important you make this specific request otherwise you will not go onto the registry…To find out more please go to http://www.blood.co.uk/ to sign up.

So you’ve registered what happens if you are asked to donate…