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Closures planned for blood donation sessions in Devon and Cornwall

Twenty-one blood donation sessions across Devon and Cornwall are being axed. Credit: ITV News Westcountry

21 local blood donation sessions in South and West Devon and East Cornwall are due to be axed next year under new NHS guidelines.

NHS Blood and Transplant says "the need for blood is not as high as it once was" and they need to collect at larger and more accessible venues.

Sheena will have to make a journey to Derriford Hospital via car and ferry to give blood, which can take up to an hour. Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Sheena Adams has given blood for over 15 years, but her local session in Torpoint is one which is set to close.

Sheena has also been told demand for her blood type - O Negative - is increasing.

However, she says she will struggle to get to Derriford Hospital to donate once her local session ends.

Here is the list of planned closures in full, those who regularly attend sessions at these venues will be contacted about alternative locations:

  • Townstal Community Hall Dartmouth
  • Community Centre Plymouth
  • Council Chambers Torpoint
  • Town Hall Callington
  • St Lukes Church Buckfastleigh
  • Rugby Football Club Filham
  • Sacred Heart Church Paignton
  • Methodist Church Hall Goodrington
  • Christian Community Centre Brixham
  • The Staddy Staddiscombe
  • Village Hall South Brent
  • Baptist Church Hall Mutley Plain
  • Methodist Church Tavistock
  • Community Centre Stonehouse Recreation Ground
  • Methodist Church St Budeaux
  • Village Hall Kingsbridge
  • Guildhall Plymouth
  • Boringdon Park Golf Club 55 Plymbridge Road
  • Baptist Church Hall Barton
  • War Memorial Hall Yelverton
  • Primary School Plymstock

Mike Stredder, Director of Blood Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant said: "We are very grateful to all those who give up their time to donate blood. Their generosity helps save and improve the lives of patients across the country.

"The demand for blood is reducing, partly because of improvements in clinical practice, such as keyhole surgery.

"This means we sometimes need to reduce the amount of blood donation sessions that we hold. It is important we don't waste precious donations by collecting too much blood.

"When we need to reduce the amount of blood donation sessions we hold, we try and make sure we retain the sessions that allows us to collect the most blood in the most efficient way. These are usually larger sessions at venues which can accommodate nine donation chairs.

"While hospitals are using less blood that in previous years, we still need to collect 1.5m units of blood a year. We look forward to seeing our loyal donors at their next donation."