Health officials have sent out a rallying call to Covid-19 survivors to donatetheir blood plasma in Cambridge. The city is one of 23 across the country with a special donation centre.
Preliminary research suggests that three groups of patients have plasma which has the most potential to save lives. These include: patients over the age of 35, male Covid-19 survivors and patients who were ill enough to need hospital treatment.
NHSBT is collecting convalescent plasma for a major coronavirus treatment trial, and if the trial is successful, widespread use in hospitals. The antibody-rich plasma of people who have recovered can be transfused into people are struggling to develop their own immune response.
Prof David Roberts, NHS Blood and Transplant's Associate Medical Director for Blood Donation said:
"Please help your NHS fight COVID-19. Convalescent plasma donation is safe and easy and you could save lives. If you get the call, please donate".