Sydney Cord Blood Bank

The Sydney Cord Blood Bank (SCBB) was established at the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick in 1995 and forms part of a national network of cord blood banks sited in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The network collects and banks cord blood from voluntary donors for anonymous use by patients needing a stem cell transplant.

The Sydney Cord Blood Bank is licensed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and accredited by the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) to ensure the quality, safety and security of the cord blood units.

Contact us

The blood bank is located on Level 3, Clinical Sciences Building. Prince of Wales Hospital, High Street, Randwick.

Cord Blood Collection Centres

The Sydney Cord Blood Bank has collection centres and the following maternity hospitals:

• Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick
• Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Randwick
• Royal Prince Alfred Women and Babies, Camperdown
• St George Private Hospital, Kogarah
• Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory (for Indigenous donations only)

Donating mothers need to provide informed consent and agree to donate a blood sample (taken from the mother) for infectious disease screening around the time of delivery. Mothers also have to complete a health and travel history questionnaire to screen for infections such as Hepatitis and HIV, and for the risk of transmitting genetic disorders. Mothers with a history of infection or genetic blood disorders are therefore excluded from donating cord blood. The baby's and mother's health is monitored via follow-up contact (via phone or e-mail) around 6 months after donation. All the information provided remains confidential.

Collected cord blood units are processed to reduce their volume, frozen and stored in liquid nitrogen vapour at or below minus 150°C. The cord blood is identified with a unique identification number and the donor remains anonymous.

The SCBB has banked over 17,000 cord blood units. For cord blood units that meet strict acceptance criteria, the tissue typing of the cord blood is listed and available for searching worldwide through Bone Marrow Donors World Wide (BMDW) www.bmdw.org

Management team

  • Director: Dr Joanna M Youngson
  • Medical Director: A/ Prof Rob Lindeman
  • Quality Manager: Dr Guy Klamer
  • Production Manager: Mel Villacres
  • Collection Coordinator: Rebecca Anderson
  • Transplant Coordinators: Jessica Sue and Stephanie Alexopoulos
  • Office Manager: Isabel Pinto

More information on how to donate cord blood is available in this website or by phoning 02 9382 0371.

What is cord blood and how is it used?

How to donate cord blood

  1. Read About AusCord and Public Cord Blood Banking
  2. When attending antenatal visits, ask your midwife or obstetrician for information.
  3. On the day of delivery, notify your midwife or obstetrician that you would like to donate your cord blood, and they will contact a SCBB collector. You must have read About AusCord and Public Cord Blood Banking and sign a written consent for collection of cord blood.
  4. Complete and sign a ‘Medical and Travel History Questionnaire’, which includes questions relating to ethnic background, family medical history and baby's health, and a ‘Donor Declaration’, to assess the risk of infection for hepatitis, HIV, syphilis and other diseases.
  5. Have a blood test prior or shortly after delivery for infectious disease testing. 
  6. Provide follow-up information via phone or e-mail on your and your baby's health around six months after donation.

Alternatives to public donation

Sydney Cord Blood Bank is a public bank storing cord blood for use, anonymously, by anyone in need. The information provided below is about services not provided by SCBB.

Designated/ Family Donation

This is a donation of cord blood for use by a family member in need of a bone marrow transplant. Arrangements for such donation and banking of the cord blood are made by the treating physician.

Processing and storage will normally be arranged by the affiliated Bone Marrow Transplant or cell therapy laboratory of the requesting Transplant Centre.

Private Banking
Families may consider storing cord blood for their own use in case there is ever a medical need, either for the donor child or for another family member. Private banking involves a collection fee and an annual storage fee. Private cord blood banks are available throughout the country.

How to make a charitable donation

To contribute to our activities, simply visit the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation website, follow the easy instructions and specify the Sydney Cord Blood Bank in the ‘Area of interest’ field.

Alternatively, you can address a cheque to "Sydney Cord Blood Bank" and mail it to us, or donate cash in person to our Office Manager.

Our research collaborations

Current Research Projects underway in collaboration with the Sydney Cord Blood Bank

FAQs

Become an accredited Cord Blood Collector (Health Care Professionals)

  • You must work in an Obstetric team at one of our affiliated collection hospitals.
  • You must complete a short training and accreditation program with an SCBB.