National Blood transfusion service
Posted on: 12th August 2013
We have been asked to support and pass on the some information from the Blood transfusion service. It was an easy ask as I have been a donor for 25 years, can you help out.
You don’t have to be superhuman to be a superhero!
They may not be your archetypal Superman or Wonder Woman, but blood donors save and improve the lives of strangers every day.
There are currently 1.4 million active donors in England and North Wales, but last year NHS Blood and Transplant saw a 6% drop in people signing up. New donors are needed to replace those who can’t donate due to health issues, pregnancy and foreign travel and to help NHS Blood and Transplant ensure the right volumes of blood are collected to meet the needs of patients across England and North Wales.
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.
Anyone aged between 17 - 65, weighing more than 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor. There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years. To find out where your nearest donation session is and to book an appointment to donate please call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk