Asiri Hospitals upgrades Stem Cell Laboratory
Breaking new ground, Asiri Hospitals has upgraded its ‘Stem Cell Laboratory’, the first in the private healthcare sector to do so, bringing fresh hope and lifesaving treatment outcomes to patients, especially children, needing bone marrow transplants.
Sri Lanka’s first dedicated Bone Marrow Transplant Centre in the private sector was established by Asiri Central Hospital in 2014 as a pioneering project, and continues to treat patients with even very complex conditions. To-date, the Centre has treated over 60 patients, including international patients, with over 98% success rate. Continuously maintaining stringent quality standards, the Asiri Bone Marrow Transplant Unit has been accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI).
The Bone Marrow Transplant Centre provides treatment for blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other blood disorders such as thalassemia and aplastic anaemia. The Centre conducts Allogeneic bone marrow transplants.
However, in instances where patients do not have a genetic match among family, Asiri Hospital assures patients of finding matching donors via international registries.
Understanding the urgency due to the current pandemic, Asiri Hospitals upgraded its stem cell laboratory which is the only stem cell processing and storage facility available in the private healthcare sector in Sri Lanka, ensuring continuity in performing this critical procedure and patients receive the best possible outcome.
The upgraded facility is staffed by an expert team including a Consultant Transfusion Physician and a Scientist specially trained in this field and with immense experience in the processing and storage of hematopoietic stem cells.