National Blood Week: What happens to your donations

This week is National Blood Week. A week where people are encouraged to give blood to help those in emergencies or who need long term treatment.

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World Cup fans asked to donate blood

Over 25% of people will need a blood transfusion at least once in their life say reports Credit: PA

With the World Cup underway the NHS Blood and Transplant Service are appealing for more donors.

Donations tend to fall away in the summer and during big sporting events.

There are just three days left of National Blood Week and the service needs 200,000 new donors every year to replace those who can no longer donate.

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How one pint of your blood could save three lives

A quarter of us will need a blood transfusion at some point in our lives, but only 4% of us regularly gives blood.

As part of the NHS Blood and Transplant Service's annual call for more blood donors, ITV News was invited in to the blood processing plant in Newcastle, to find out what happens to your pint of blood after you donate.

The plant filters and processes donations from as far afield as Cumbria and Yorkshire as well as the North East. Lucy Taylor's report contains pictures of blood from the start.

Keeping hospitals well stocked is an 'imperative'

An NHS campaign is calling for more people to give blood during the World Cup, when donations usually fall because football fans are busy.

Nearly a quarter of us will need a transfusion at some time in our lives.

Staff at this blood processing plant work 24 hours a day to keep local hospitals well stocked.

Julie Stevens NHS Blood and Transplant Service explains why this is important:

Blood donors save Carlisle girl's life

It's National Blood Week and efforts are being made to raise awareness of the crucial role blood donors play in saving lives.

A quarter of us will need a blood transfusion at least once in our lives.

Yet just 4% of adults in the UK are registered, regular donors.

Marcy Dixon from Carlisle had to have a blood transfusion at just seven weeks old in order to undergo a heart operation.

The process had to be repeated last year when she was four years old. She knows without donors she would have died.

Kim Inglis reports.

Blood donor sessions take place all over the country throughout the year. NHS Blood and Transplant holds more than 26,000 blood donation sessions a year across England and North Wales.

If you live in Cumbria and want to find out where you can give blood you can click here.

If you live in Dumfries and Galloway or the Scottish Borders click here.

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200,000 blood donors needed

National Blood Week runs this week and efforts are being made to raise awareness of the important role blood donors play in saving lives.

A quarter of people will need a blood transfusion at least once in their lives but only 4% of people are registered and regularly donate.

Ian Payne spoke to Jon Latham from the National Blood Service to find out why so many people are needed to give blood.

10 facts about blood donations

  • Over 25% of people will need a blood transfusion at least once in their life
  • Only 4% of adults are registered, regular donors
  • 1,900,000 donations are make to blood banks each year
  • One donation can help up to three people
  • January is the busiest month for donations because of people's New Year's Resolutions
  • 100 donations produce 47 litres of blood
  • 14 June is World Blood Donor Day because it was the birthday of Karl Landsteiner who won the Nobel prize in 1930 for his discovery of human blood groups
  • Only 2% of the UK population belong to the blood group B-
  • The first successful blood transfusions took place between dogs in the 1660s.
  • Britain’s first blood bank opened in Ipswich in 1937

You can find out more about National Blood Week by visiting the NHS Give Blood website.

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