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'Opportunity to give life twice in one day' for cord donors

Two new centres have opened at the Queens Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital to collect blood from umbilical cords, which contain potentially life saving stem cells.

The stem cells are then used to save the lives of people with blood cancers such as Leukaemia and Lymphoma.

Penny Cole, Midwife Supervisor for Anthony Nolan, explains how cord blood is usually thrown away after birth, but says women can now make a life-saving donation.

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New umbilical cord donation scheme for mums-to-be in Nottinghamshire

Experts can use stem cells in umbilical cords to help people with blood cancers such as leukaemia Credit: Hendrik Schmidt/DPA/Press Association Images

New mums-to-be in Nottingham will now have the chance to donate their umbilical cord when they give birth.

New centres at the Queens Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital will collect the cord blood - which contains potentially life saving stem cells.

They're used to save the lives of people with blood cancers like leukaemia.

Inspectors rate Nottingham hospitals safe & well-led

Ambulances outside the Queen's Medical Centre Credit: ITV News Central

Hospitals in Nottingham are safe, caring and well-led - according to a team of 60 inspectors who visited last year.

The Care Quality Commission called Nottingham University Hospital Trust high risk last Spring but has now given it a 'good' rating, but it says improvements are still needed.