Southampton General Hospital is a large teaching hospital in Southampton, Hampshire, England run by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.
In September 2006 the Steve Mills Stem Cell Laboratory, which had been established by a charity created by Southampton F.C. footballer Steve Mills, moved from the Royal South Hampshire Hospital to a new location at Southampton General Hospital, and was officially opened on 27 September 2006 by Steve’s widow Jo and former Southampton footballer and manager, Alan Ball.
- The Steve Mills Stem Cell Laboratory processes, stores and issues stem cell products for transplant.
- The processing of a patient’s stem cell products takes around 3 hours to complete.
- Stem cell donations are processed as soon as they arrive at the laboratory because stem cells have a shelf life of just 24 hours.
- The laboratory reacts quickly to hospital requests and processes up to 12 stem cell donations a week.
- The laboratory processes stem cells for Southampton University Hospitals Trust, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Poole Hospital, Salisbury District Hospital and Dorset County Hospital.
- In addition to processing, storing and issuing stem cell products, the laboratory undertakes critical research and development of new cancer therapies and treatments.