Appeal for blood donations as bad weather hit stocks

Friday, 17 December 2010

An appeal is being made for blood donors to come forward after bad weather has had an effect on the country’s blood stocks ahead of the busy Christmas and New Year period.

Stocks of one particular blood group – O negative – have fallen below preferred levels and so NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is particularly appealing to these donors to come forward.

Winter is always a busy time of the year for the NHS and although the service is well prepared for the increase in demand for services, unexpected bad weather led to many blood donor sessions across England being cancelled.

Liz Redfern, CBE, Director of Patient Care, Nursing and Workforce, said: “The NHS needs a constant supply of blood to meet demand and the NHS Blood and Transplant Service does a magnificent job of ensuring that sessions are run regularly all over the country to maintain levels.

“However unexpected bad weather such as the floods in Cornwall and the recent snow have a big impact on whether sessions can be run, and the number of people that attend.

“Thank you to everyone that has donated over the past few weeks and months. If you are scheduled for an appointment, please take this opportunity to arrange to attend your next available session and for anyone considering becoming a donor, why not use the Christmas spirit to start giving.”

First time donors should be aged between 17 and 65, weigh at least 50kg (7 stone 12lbs) and be in general good health. If you’ve donated before there is no upper age limit, as long as you have donated in the last two years.

If you have any queries, or want to register for a session visit or call 0300 123 23 23.