Sunday, 17 May 2009

Birmingham Processing Lab 1965 - 2009

A tribute. Thousands of lives were saved by blood products from this lab. Colleagues and hospitals will feel the loss.

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These are the centrifuges that spun blood at high speed to separate out the different types of cells. Now they are still.

This row of now-idle Compomat machines pressed the blood after it was spun to push the plasma into a separate bag from the red cells.

Industrial thermogenesis machine which froze plasma to below -40 degrees centigrade.

Lab technicians no more.

Morale is bad amongst those left at Birmingham centre.


Birmingham Processing closure solidarity protest

These pictures are of the staff of Birmingham Blood Centre, from the labs and from transport, protesting to show solidarity and anger on the day that Processing was transferred down to Filton, Bristol. 3rd April 2009.

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