Mary Morgan, Director of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, said: “We are delighted that the construction of the state-of-the-art Jack Copland Centre is now complete and we can look forward to moving into the new facility.
"This is a very exciting time for our service with the building becoming the new home for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) headquarters, as well as the central blood, tissue and cell processing and testing facility for Scotland.
"We have received the project completion certificate and can now begin to occupy the building – with more staff moving in by the end of September. The programme of transition from our existing facilities is now underway and the first blood components are expected to be provided from the centre by the end of the year."
The Jack Copland Centre will deliver a first rate service in the processing, testing, supply, research and development of blood and donor tissues and cells. Blood donations from across Scotland will be sent here for processing, testing and manufacturing before being transported to where they are needed for patients.
Colin Sinclair, Chief Executive of National Services Scotland, added: "This is an exciting step forward and the fantastic new facility will not only deliver a modern blood supply service to patients, but create a vibrant, modern environment for our staff to work in.
"National Services Scotland is absolutely committed to improving Scotland’s health and in helping to meet that priority, the new centre will ensure the continued supply of safe blood, tissues and cells and support the exciting research work underway in SNBTS."
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