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The Jack Copland Centre

Monday 27 February 2017

Once construction is complete, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service will move to its new national headquarters at Heriot-Watt University Research Park, The Jack Copland Centre.

During the last few years Kajima have been working with SNBTS and Interserve Construction to build the new SNBTS HQ building.

The building will be called The Jack Copland Centre where blood donations from across Scotland will be sent for processing, testing and manufacturing before being transported to where they are needed for patients.

Dentist Jack Copland set up a voluntary network of blood donors after watching the wife of a close friend die in 1929 because of a lack of blood. He approached about 20 friends from a community group called the Noble Order of Crusaders who agreed to act as donors should they be called upon by staff at Edinburgh Infirmary. This lifeline ensured a steady blood supply for patients in the east of Scotland and beyond. After the war began, Jack's proposal for a national donor service led to the formation of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Association in 1940.  With the establishment of the NHS in 1948, the SNBTA became the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, still managed by the Association, but now receiving government funds to deliver the service.

The service now provides blood transfusions for more than 100,000 patients each year.

Learn more at: www.scotblood.co.uk