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DON'T WAIT TO DONATE, GIVE BLOOD NOW.

The National Blood Service (NBS) is asking donors not to put off donation and give blood now. During the summer holidays many people are away on holiday, which can lead to a dip in blood stocks. The NBS is also making its preparations for winter flu and colds, by building up stocks of blood now to ensure healthy blood stocks when winter comes.

 

Existing donors are being asked to make every effort to keep appointments, and new donors are being encouraged to come forward, so if it's something they've been thinking about for a while, now's the time to make that move. We lose about 200,000 donors every year because of medical conditions or pregnancy. So there is a constant need to attract new donors.

 

Those planning holidays to exotic locations are also being asked to give before they go. With holidaymakers now travelling further afield, including Africa, Central & South America and Asia - all malaria risk destinations, this can prevent many from donating for six months after they return and have a 'knock-on' effect on blood collection.

 

In order to maintain our current good level of blood stocks it is important that both new and current blood donors make appointments to give blood regularly. For further information, and to book an appointment to give blood locally, please contact the 24-hour donor helpline on 0300 123 2323 or log on to www.blood.co.uk

 

In most cases anyone aged between 17 & 65, who weighs over 7st 12lbs (50kg), in general good health, can give blood to help save lives. There no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.

 

Zeeshan Asghar
Senior Media & PR Officer - South
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)

 

02 August 2009