Urgent blood donor stocks affected by norovirus outbreak

Blood donors who are O Rh negative (O-) are being asked to come forward to give blood now following the festive period.

Blood stocks can often dip around holiday time as people get distracted and can’t always attend their sessions. In addition, the recent outbreak of norovirus, has led to a dramatic increase in the number of people correctly cancelling their appointments.

Although hospitals across the country have increased their stocks of blood to cover the extended holiday period, there has been a recent high demand for O- blood to meet patient need, meaning stocks have fallen.

Donors with blood group O- negative are commonly known as the ‘universal donor’ as their blood can be given to patients with a different blood group.

For more information, to book an appointment or to find a donor session call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk