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Hospitals: Milk

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS hospitals store mother’s milk to feed children other than those of the donors; what the cost of such collection and storage is; upon whose authority in each case the decision whether or not to form a storage bank is made; and if he will make a statement. (162399)

[holding answer 12 November 2007]: The following NHS hospitals store mother’s milk.

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital

Addenbrooke’s NHS Trust

Princess Royal University Hospital

Medway Maritime Hospital

Birmingham Women’s Health Care NHS Trust

King’s College Hospital

John Radcliffe Hospital

Princess Anne Hospital

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospital NHS Trust

St. George’s Hospital

Kingston Hospital

Countess of Chester Hospital

Clatterbridge Hospital

Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Information on the cost of storage and collection is not collected centrally. Decisions on whether or not to form a storage bank are made locally. The United Kingdom (UK) Association of Milk Banks (UKAMB) has produced “Guidelines for the establishment and operation of Human Milk Banks” in the UK which should be taken into account in any discussions. The UKAMB exists to provide a forum for the exchange of information about milk banking. It also recommends standards for the practice of milk banking.