Donate blood before holiday

In the summer months, as many of us head off abroad in search of sun, sea and sangria, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) would like to remind people in Eastwood about the importance of taking time to donate blood before jetting off.

Hospitals need around 7,000 units of blood every day to treat patients with a range of health issues, so the need for blood is constant. That’s why the service is urging locals to donate now — starting at a donation session at Newthorpe on August 30

This is especially important for those donors who are O Rh negative (O-) and B Rh negative (B-), as these blood groups are most vulnerable.

Donated blood is used not only in accident and emergency situations, but also for patients undergoing surgery and receiving treatment for cancer and blood diseases, such as leukaemia. Blood stocks can dip in the summer and with red blood cells only having a shelf life of 35 days and platelets a shelf life of seven days, it is important that NHS Blood and Transplant maintains vital blood stocks by collecting enough blood to meet patient needs.

Holly Mason, Lead Donor Relations Manager for NHSBT, said: “Summer is the time of year that everyone looks forward to.

“But with some people jetting off to exotic countries, we like to encourage eligible donors to donate before their holiday, rather than afterwards, to ensure that the blood stocks are kept healthy.”

The Greasley Sports and Community Centre donation session at Newthorpe runs from 12.34pm to 3.15 pm and 4.45pm to 7.30pm.

Anyone aged 17 - 65, weighing more than 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially become a donor.

To book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.