Blood donations in Newcastle have dropped because of the hot weather and England’s fantastic run in the football world cup.
On normal warm weather days, blood donations have often been around 5% to 10% down on what was forecast.
And around the country, donations have significantly dropped on England’s match days, with a maximum drop of around 20% on Saturday as England beat Sweden.
The combined effect has cost the NHS around 2,000 blood donations in the last two weeks.
That has left an urgent need for people with the valuable O negative group to donate at Newcastle donor centre in the next few days. Stock levels are low and will fall below three days as the hot weather continues.
NHS Blood and Transplant now urgently needs support to ensure hospital patients get the O negative blood they need.
NHS Blood and Transplant are asking O negative donors to book appointments or just walk into a donor centre and donate; for all donors to make sure they are well hydrated on the day of donation if donors need to cancel, to give us 72 hours notice.