Blood donors urged to keep up stocks for bank holiday

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The month of May is a great time for families to relax and enjoy the double bank holiday break, but NHS Blood and Transplant is reminding blood donors in Eastbourne to keep their appointment to help patient needs throughout the month.

Blood donations are always needed as hospitals in England require around 6,000 units of blood every day to treat a range of patients, so it is essential to keep stock levels healthy.

Michelle Laserna, senior marketing coordinator at NHSBT, said, “It is always important to ensure blood stock levels are maintained, and especially so as they can be more vulnerable around public holidays. So we are urging people to please keep your appointment, in particular if your blood group is O negative or A negative.

“Around 85 per cent of donors are able to keep their appointments, however if you do need to change you’re appointment please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer that time to someone else.

“A huge thanks to donors in Eastbourne, as without your generous donation it wouldn’t be possible to help to save the lives of those who need it.”

While many people think that blood is used mainly for accidents and emergencies, donated blood is vital for a wide variety of life-saving procedures. A blood transfusion can help to save the life of a new mother or it could be used to treat blood disorders, such as sickle cell anaemia and Thalassaemia.

NHS Blood and Transplant need donors from all blood groups and communities but with particular need from donors with the universal blood group O negative, and A negative to come forward and people from Black and South Asian communities.

Michelle Laserna added,“We always welcome new donors in Eastbourne area to replace those who can’t donate anymore. If you have registered but yet to make your first appointment, then please call now to book a place or visit www.blood.co.uk.”

To book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.

It is also easy to book through mobile apps for Windows, Android and Apple devices. To download the app, search ‘NHSGiveBlood’ in the app store.

NHSBT collects 1.7 million units of blood each year from over 23,000 blood donation sessions in more than 3,000 venues.

Less than three per cent of people in England and North Wales aged 17-70 have donated blood in the last 12 months

A unit of blood is measured as 470mls (or just under a pint).

There are four main blood groups – O, A, B and AB. A regular supply of all blood groups is vital – red cells last 35 days and platelets only seven days.

Maintaining a regular supply of group O Rh Negative is particularly important.

Women can give blood every 16 weeks but men can donate every 12 weeks.

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