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Give blood, save lives: Donor appeal as stocks run low

Donors giving their blood to boost blood bank supplies Photo:

More than 6,000 blood donations are needed every day in the UK to treat patients in emergencies, and other people who have ongoing medical conditions such as blood disorders and cancers.

However the NHS Blood and Transplant service has reported that supplies are running low at many blood banks. Some of the shortfall is due to reduced donations during the recent cold spell - fewer people were able to travel to blood donation centres during the snowfall.

Now, the National Health Service is renewing appeals for members of the public to come forward to donate much needed blood.

How to find out more about donating blood

One of the centres which is appealing for more donors is one in Oxfordshire, where donations are much needed. Cary Johnston met some of those helping to save lives including Gayle Franklin, Area manager, NHS Blood and Transplant; and Stephanie Danso, Blood transfusion recipient.

There are 23 blood donation centres in England, and the authorities are hoping to encourage people to pay a visit.

“There are people desperately in need of a blood transfusion over the Easter period, so it’s vital that those people who have appointments keep them or let us know in good time so we can offer them up to someone else.

“The recent bad weather hit our blood stocks and we now need to make up that shortfall. We can only do this with the help of our generous donors who come out in all weathers to help keep the blood flowing.

“New donors are always needed and you could help those who need blood as part of ongoing cancer treatment as well as those who need blood during emergency surgery or childbirth. Each donation can save or improve up to three lives.”

– Jon Latham, Assistant Director of Blood Marketing at NHS Blood and Transplant

If you want to donate blood or find out more about the process you can telephone the NHS Blood & Transplant 24-hour hotline on 0300 123 23 23. You can also visit the Blood Donor website.