Give blood – urgent call for support

The trust is supporting an appeal by NHS Blood and Transplant for people to donate blood to help with a recent shortage.

Recent bad weather led to the cancellation of some blood donation sessions and between 6-7,000 units of blood were lost as a result. This could take weeks to recover and that’s why your support is needed.

Despite many donors coming forward, blood stocks are at urgently low levels and there are still appointments to fill at permanent donor centres to ensure blood stocks don’t drop further before Easter. Current stocks of group O (the universal blood type used in emergencies), group B, and A positive blood are particularly low at the moment.

NHS Blood and Transplant is asking those across the NHS who can give blood, to book an appointment at a donor centre and help in the run up to Easter.

Make and keep your appointment by calling the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk

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