Blood was lost as centre flooded
BLOOD stocks were lost after floods at an NHS centre in Filton, a government minister has confirmed.
The blood processing centre, off the A38, had to be closed last month after being swamped following heavy overnight rain and the collapse of a nearby culvert.
Staff moved up to 8,000 pints of blood out of the centre in refrigerated vehicles.
At the time the NHS Blood and Transplant Special Health Authority, which is in charge of the site, insisted there had been "no loss of these vital stocks", despite insiders telling The Post some supplies had been ruined.
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But yesterday Health Minister Anna Soubry told Parliament there had been losses, although she said that "only a very small number" of units had had to be destroyed.
She insisted that the Filton centre, which is the biggest of its type in the world, remained the best place to store Britain's blood.
Ms Soubry said the service had continued to provide a constant supply to hospitals, adding: "This clearly demonstrates that the contingency plans NHSBT has in place are robust and enable the organisation to maintain delivery of a vital national service in the most challenging circumstances."
She said risk assessments had been done and measures were in place to avoid a repeat of the flooding.