The Community Banking service is a way for you to keep a small amount of your baby’s stem cells for your own family, but at the same time support your community and potentially contribute to saving someone else’s life in the future. This service uses the same high quality processing, testing and storage procedures as our Family Banking service, and includes 25 years of storage.
Importantly, using this service means that your family will only retain the stem cells from the first 5ml of cord blood collected. All the remaining cells will be donated to the public through our cell donation programme. These donated units are made available to other families who require them for lifesaving transplants. Virgin Health Bank does not make a charge to the recipient of the cells or to the transplant centre beyond recovering the costs of preparing and transporting the unit. It is important to remember that the stem cells contained within the 5ml portion that your family retains are not sufficient to create a treatment unit on their own. However, over the next five to ten years cell expansion and regenerative medicine technologies are expected to become available, which may allow this unit to be utilised as a treatment on its own.
The price for this service is £1195 of which £300 is payable on registration and £895 when the cord blood is sent for processing.
If you opt to spread payments via our payment plan then we charge an extra £100 making the total cost £1295.
This is made up as follows
£300 is payable on registration
£395 is payable when the cord blood is accepted into storage
3 further payments of £200 are made at 3, 6 and 9 months after that.
Payments can be made by credit card (Mastercard and VISA) and debit card (Visa Debit, Visa Electron, Maestro, Switch and Solo)
If you'd like to apply or have any questions just call us our Customer Advisors on 0845 620 9665 from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday.