Smart Cells in partnership with The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
NHS Leeds Maternity Care (UK only)
NHS Leeds Maternity Care (UK only)

This new collaboration introduces the option for patients to store stem cells from the umbilical cord for private use across St James’s University Hospital, Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and Wharfedale Hospital.

The collaboration between Smart Cells and The Leeds NHS Trust provides the opportunity to raise some much needed awareness on the importance of storing umbilical cord blood stem cells and furthermore will provide each parent with the option to privately store their cord blood samples for their own use.

Stem cells are biological cells found in the body

They have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types such as blood, bone, tissue and organ cells.

Your baby’s umbilical cord could save a life….

Your baby’s umbilical cord is a valuable source of stem cells which can be collected and stored. These cells may be used as a crucial part of treating or curing an illness.

Stem cells are biological cells found in the body. They serve as a repair and maintenance system for other body cells and the blood and immune systems by multiplying and transforming in to blood, bone, tissue and organ cells when they are required to.

Cord blood banking is the safest way to store your baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells for exclusive and immediate use by your child and potentially for immediate family members in case there is a medical need in the future.

The use of cord blood stem cells has increased over the years, there are now over 80 different diseases that are treated using stem cells. These diseases include cancers such as Leukaemia, bone marrow failure syndromes, immunodeficiencies, blood disorders such as Thalassemia and Sickle Cell Disease and metabolic disorders. With developments in the field of regenerative medicine, this number will continue to grow as there are numerous on-going clinical trials using cord blood to treat a variety of different conditions.

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In collaboration with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust we are now able to offer all patients who are delivering at one of their hospitals the option to privately store their umbilical cord blood samples.

Cord blood collection is easy and presents no harm to the new-born or the mother. Cord blood is collected in advance, prior to the development of any disease.

At Smart Cells we store stem cells found in the umbilical cord blood and cord tissue. Storing your baby’s stem cells at the time of birth is a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture a valuable resource that may be used in the treatment of serious illness or disease. When used to treat an illness these potent cells have the ability to regenerate/repair tissues.

If you wish to store your baby’s umbilical cord blood and/or tissue, please get in touch with one of our advisors who will be happy to talk you through the process and provide details of the costs involved.

Speak to a member of our Customer Services Team to find out more

01895 424430

Fighting disease and illness

Over 30,000 cord blood transplants have taken place around the world and have been used in the treatment of:

(*Innovative early clinical trials)


Chronic Granulomatous Disease
Hystiocytic Disorders
Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency
Severe Combined Immunodeficiency
Wiskott- Aldrich Syndrome

NHS Leeds Maternity Care (UK only)


Aplastic Anaemia
Beta Thalassemia
Diamond-Blackfan Anaemia
Fanconi’s Anaemia
Sickle Cell Disease


Traumatic Brain Injury
Cerebral Palsy
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
HSV Encephalitis & NMDA Receptor
Antibody Encephalitis


Acute Leukaemia
Chronic Leukaemia
High-Risk Solid Tumors
Hodgkin & Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Myelodysplastic Syndromes


Krabbe Disease
Hurler Syndrome
Metachromatic Leukodystrophy
Sanfilippo Syndrome
Hunter Syndrome


Use of privately banked autologous umbilical cord blood to treat brain injuries in paediatric patients. A. Smith, J. Sun, J. Allison, M. Mimbrero-Ramirez, K. Hussain,J. Kurtzberg. Bone Marrow Transplantation, Volume 51, Issue S1 (2016), p S568. Follow the link to see more information:

“Cellular therapies using umbilical cord blood are already very well established. Cord blood is a particularly valuable resource as the stem cells have amazing proliferative potential. Apart from mainstream treatments, we are currently witnessing the evolution of exciting developments in regenerative medicine including significant strides forward in our knowledge of cord blood stem cell capabilities. Ongoing clinical trials evaluating these innovative therapies cross many medical specialties, including cardiology, neurology, tissue engineering, sports medicine, and reconstructive surgery. We are truly at the cusp of some pioneering times in medicine and cord blood has a significant role to play ”

Dr. Ann Smith - Smart Cells Scientific Director

Dr. Ann Smith - Smart Cells Scientific Director

Our Service

Our service packages are all-inclusive with no hidden costs. All processing procedures are undertaken in a sterile, controlled environment which is licensed by the HTA (Human Tissue Authority) by specially trained staff.

  • Contact us

    Request a brochure, order online or give us a call to request further information

  • Order

    Call us or order online to place your order and receive your stem cell collection kit

  • Birth

    Call for pick up once your baby has been born and your samples have been collected

  • Processing

    Upon arrival to our lab, your stem cells samples will processed and tested

  • Storage

    Samples are placed in to long term storage tanks for a minimum of 25 years

Special offers available to Leed NHS Trust patients

Request a copy of our borchure via email or in the post

On the day of birth

We know that on the big day it can be pretty hectic. The process with Smart Cells to collect your baby’s stem cells is a very simple one.

  • 1

    Take the kit with you to the hospital. Call your phlebotomist to inform them that your labour is commencing, and call again in your last stages of dilation. After the birth, the cord samples and maternal blood are collected by the attending phlebotomist, who will sign the paperwork which is packed in to the kit.

  • 2

    The kit is sealed and handed back to you. Call us to request collection as soon as it's convenient. We will then arrange for a courier to collect your kit. We'll let you know that it's arrived safely at our laboratory, and you'll be called again once the sample has been processed.

  • 3

    Upon successful storage we will give you a call to confirm your storage and explain your results. You'll be sent certificates of storage and the samples are placed in to long term storage where they will be stored for 25 years.

Delayed cord clamping & umbilical cord blood banking

Is it possible to do both? Absolutely

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