Manchester Eye Bank on BBC3's Human Tissue Squad - 9pm tonight!
Manchester Eye Bank, part of Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, is
to feature in a new BBC3 documentary about tissue donation,
The Human Tissue Squad.
In the second episode of the documentary, to be broadcast at 9pm
tonight, MREH surgeon Mr Arun Brahma performs a deep anterior
lamellar keratoplasty (the 'big bubble technique') when
replacing a patient's damaged cornea with one donated at death, and
stored at our Eye Bank.
The Eye Bank forms part of the Corneal Transplant Service, being
one of only two banks providing the service at the national level.
As one of the largest eye banks in Europe, it plays a crucial part
in the transplant of corneas. In the last year the Eye Bank
processed over 2000 eyes.
The Human Tissue Squad is a documentary with
unprecedented access to the tissue donation team and staff at NHS
Blood and Transplant's national human tissue bank in Liverpool.
Offering a revealing insight into life at the UK's only centre of
its kind, this series shows the physical and emotional challenges
facing the team in its crucial work providing donated human tissue
to patients within the NHS.
NHS Blood and Transplant's Tissue Services is the only tissue
bank in the UK that operates from initial donor referral through to
the hospitals who use it to improve patients' lives. Relying
on the generosity of donors' families, the team is able to provide
heart valves, skin, tendons, bone and other tissues to repair or
rebuild the bodies of thousands of people severely injured or
affected by disease every year.
The mini-series also meets some of the young people whose lives
have been transformed by these transplants and the pioneering
surgeons who make the best use of the very special materials
entrusted to them.
Notes for Editors:
The Bristol and Manchester Eye Banks form part of the Corneal
Transplant Service, being the only two banks providing the service
at the national level, whereas the smaller banks only serve local
As one of the largest eye banks in Europe, the Manchester Eye
Bank plays a crucial part in the transplant of corneas. In the last
year the Eye Bank processed over 2000 eyes.
A cornea is a transparent five pence sized tissue, which covers
the front of the eye. If as a result of injury, infection or
disease, the cornea becomes 'foggy' or clouded, vision can be
impaired or in some instances deteriorate entirely.
The only substitute for a human cornea is another human cornea
donated at death. Transplantation involves replacing the damaged
cornea with a healthy one from a donor, via an eye bank.
The Manchester Eye Bank processes donated eyes from across the
country, preparing corneas for graft surgery, which helps to
Virtually anyone can donate his or her eyes and any donor tissue
which might not be suitable for transplant can, be used for medical
or research purposes, pending consent from the donor.
To be able to donate, in the first instance you need to register
in the Organ Donor Register (this can be done online).
It's also important to let your family know of your wish to donate
as your next of kin will be responsible for granting consent.
Talking to them about your decision will help to make the process
easier for them.
For more information and interview requests contact:
Melanie Webb - Premier
0207 292 7337