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National Association: United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking www.ukamb.org

National Guidelines: Donor breast milk banks: the operation of donor breast milk bank services published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in 2010 are available to download fromhttp://guidance.nice.org.uk/CG93



Milk banks have been operational in the UK for more than 80 years. The first was established in West London after the provision of donated breastmilk to a set of quadruplets born in the mid 1930’s. Currently there are 16 throughout the UK of which most are to be found in England. However the single milk bank in Scotland, based in Glasgow, offers a nationwide service and a single bank also provides donor milk throughout Northern Ireland as well as to some hospital neonatal units in the Republic of Ireland. During a recent interruption to supplies donor milk was flown and shipped to hospitals in Ireland from England – an example of cooperation that is possible as a result of the internationally recognised milk banking operational guidelines published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence as well as of the ready availability from the 2 largest banks in England based in the North West and in the South East. The UK’s milk banks range in size from those that provide donor milk to a single neonatal unit to several that supply hospitals throughout a wide geographical area. It has, until recently been unusual for non hospitalised infants to receive donor milk however this has changed as a result of the UK’s newest milk bank, which supports families where the baby is unable to receive maternal milk as a result of the mother’s ill health (eg cancer) or other problems. The Hearts Milk Bank, which operates as part of the charitably funded Human Milk Foundation, was established in 2016 as an independent organisation to support families with babies in or out of hospital for whom human milk will be of benefit. Overall, the number of neonatal units in the UK using donor milk is increasing and thanks to the volunteer motorcyclists (better known as the ‘Blood Bikes’) the collection and delivery of donor human milk is achieved far more effectively and efficiently and without cost to the milk banks. For more information on the ‘Blood’ or ‘Milk’ Bikes see http://www.bloodbikes.org.uk/

The UK Association for Milk Banking was established in 1997 by Gillian Weaver and Dr Susan Balmer together with support from milk bank staff, clinicians and microbiologists from several of the UK’s milk banks . The current chair is Jackie Hughes (Chester) and Debbie Barnett (Glasgow) leads the UKAMB’s milk bank forum.


Hearts Milk Bank
Rothamsted Institute, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2JQ
Contact: Dr Natalie Shenker / Gillian Weaver
  • 01582 314130 / 01582 314131 - Out of hours: 07732 019040
  • info@heartsmilkbank.org
  • http://heartsmilkbank.org/
Medway Maritime Hospital Milk Bank - Gillingham, England
Medway Maritime Hospital, Windmill Road, Gillingham, United Kingdom
Contact: Maureen Mallard
  • 01634 825 125
  • Maureen.mallard@medway.nhs.uk
Southampton Human Milk Bank - Southampton, England
Princess Anne Hospital, Coxford Road, Southampton, United Kingdom
Contact: Charlotte Oates
  • 02381206009
  • charlotte.goodfellow@uhs.nhs.uk
The Precious Drops Milk Bank, Bristol
Southmead Hospital, Southmead Road, Bristol, United Kingdom
Contact: Marion Copeland
  • 0117 3233527
  • marion.copeland@nbt.nhs.uk
St Peter’s Hospital Milk Bank - Chertsey, England
Ashford & St Peters Nhs Trust, Guildford Road, Chertsey, United Kingdom
Contact: Suzanne Timms or Sue Weber
  • 01932 722667
  • SPH.MilkBank@asph.nhs.uk
King’s College NHS Foundation Hospital
Princess Royal University Hospital, Orpington, United Kingdom
Contact: Karen Lewis
  • 01689864924
  • karen.lewis1@nhs.net
Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital - London, England
Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital, Du Cane Road, London, United Kingdom
Contact: Details coming soon
  • 0203 313 3559
  • milkbank@imperial.nhs.uk
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust - London, England
Guy's Hospital (Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust), Great Maze Pond, London, United Kingdom
Contact: Camilla Kingdon
  • 0207 188 8846
  • camilla.kingdon@gstt.nhs.uk
St George’s Hospital - London, England
St George's Hospital, Blackshaw Road, London, United Kingdom
Contact: Theresa Alexander
  • 020 8725 1936
Oxford Human Milk Bank - Oxford, England
John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Oxford, United Kingdom
Contact: Amanda Wood
  • 01865 221362
  • amanda.wood@ouh.nhs.uk
Birmingham Women’s Hospital Milk Bank - Birmingham, England
Birmingham Women's Hospital, Mindelsohn Way, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Contact: Anne Hemming
  • 0121 623 6870
  • milk.bank@bwhct.nhs.uk
Neonatal Unit, Addenbrooke’s NHS Trust - Cambridge, England
The Rosie Hospital, Robinson Way, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Contact: Janette Clark
  • 01223 245 853 or 01223 348059
  • janette.clark@addenbrookes.nhs.uk
Northwest Human Milk Bank - Chester, England
University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, United Kingdom
Contact: Jackie Hughes
  • 01244511440 / 441
  • northwest.milkbank@nhs.net
  • http://www.northwesthmb.org.uk
Calderdale and Huddersfield Donor Breast Milk Bank - Halifax, England
Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax, United Kingdom
Contact: Paula Wood
  • 01422 224 421
  • paula.wood@cht.nhs.uk
The Human Milk Bank - Irvinestown, Northern Ireland
Mill Street, Irvinestown
Contact: Ann McCrea
  • TMB.IRVINESTOWN@westerntrust.hscni.net
NHSGGC Donor Milk Bank - Glasgow, Scotland
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Govan Road, Govan, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Contact: Debbie Barnett
  • 0141 232 4006
  • Donor.MilkBank@ggc.scot.nhs.uk