Urgent blood donations required

Friday, 27 July 2018

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) have put out an urgent request for blood donors as stocks are currently running very low.

The prolonged hot weather has seen a drop in donors meaning stock levels have become depleted to three days instead of the six days that NHSBT normally operate at.

Southmead Hospital, the region's Major Trauma Centre and specialist referral centre for vascular, obstetric and renal transplant, relies on blood stock levels to stay at a sufficient level to ensure we are able to treat patients.

Although all stock is reduced, O negative blood is a particular problem. Not only is it in short supply it is also the blood of choice when used in an emergency as it can be given to any patient. On average Southmead Hospital uses 100 bags of O negative blood a month for life saving transfusions. Some trauma patients require in excess of 50 bags of blood in the emergency setting to keep them alive and give them the best chance of recovery.

Your help is urgently needed to make sure we have enough blood stocks to ensure that every patient gets it when they need it most.

We are encouraging members of the public and staff to visit their local donor centre. There are currently walk-in appointments available at the donor centre at the entrance of the Southmead Road entrance of Southmead Hospital.

NHSBT asks people to stay well hydrated in the days leading up to their donation, to compensate for the fluids they will lose and help bring blood levels back to normal afterwards.