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233 Active milk banks
14 Planned milk banks
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16 Active milk banks
0 Planned milk banks

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



The first milk bank in the UK was established at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in London in 1939. The milk bank has been in operation ever since and is currently the longest continually operating milk bank in the world. During 2013 the only milk bank operating in Scotland moved to a new site and has become a centre offering a national service to Scotland. The NHSGGC Milk Bank is based in Glasgow.

A single bank also provides a service to the whole of Northern Ireland as well as to many hospital neonatal units in the Republic of Ireland. In England the number of milk banks has decreased from 15 to 13 but this is because several milk banks have merged to create services that are better able to provide a wider distribution of milk and recruit more donors. The number of neonatal units using donormilk is increasing and thanks to the volunteer motorcyclists who are better known as the ‘Blood Bikes’ (see www.thenabb.org.uk ) the collection and delivery of donor milk is achieved far more e effectively and efficiently and without cost to the milk banks.

Throughout the UK the activity of milk banks has increased and currently in excess of 1500 donors provide over 6500 litres of milk per year.


Hearts Milk Bank
Unit 233, Biopark, Broadwater Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 3AX
Contact: Dr Natalie Shenker
  • 01707 358776 / 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