Blood needed over holidays
Published 1 Aug 2012 10:30 0 Comments
PEOPLE who have never given blood before are being urged to donate to help cover a possible dip in stocks during the holiday season.
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is also urging repeat donors to come forward to ensure supplies for people who have suffered accidents, as well as patients undergoing surgery and receiving treatment for cancer and blood diseases, such as leukaemia.
Dominic Sutherland, lead donor relations manager for NHSBT, said: "Blood has a limited shelf life of 35 days for red blood cells and just seven days for platelets. Because of this, it is vital that both existing and new blood donors come forward now, so we can ensure that vital supplies of blood are available for the patients that need them over the summer months."
Anyone aged 17-65, weighing more than 50kg (7st 12lbs) and in general good health could donate.
There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the past two years.
To book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk
Where to donate:
* Friday, August 3, from 12.45-3.30pm and 5-8pm at Priestwood Youth Centre, in Priestwood Court Road, Priestwood.
* Sunday, August 5, from 9.30am-12.30pm and 2-4.30pm at the village hall, in Church Road, Sunningdale.
* Thursday, August 9, from 12.30-3.30pm and 5-7.15pm at Sandhurst Community Centre, in Yorktown Road, Sandhurst.
* Thursday, August 9, from 12.15-3pm and 4.30-7.30pm at St Paul's Parish Rooms, in Reading Road, Wokingham.
* Monday, August 13, from 1-3.30pm and 5-7.30pm at Bracknell Leisure Centre, in Bagshot Road, Bracknell.