NHS calls for lifesaving blood donors in Sussex

The NHS is calling for new blood donors in Sussex and reminds current donors to check when their next appointment is during the bust summer months.

Blood donor session EMN-160327-201733001
Blood donor session EMN-160327-201733001

Blood is vital for patients in accident and emergency situations, patients undergoing surgery and receiving treatment for cancer and blood diseases, and women haemorrhaging in childbirth.

Every donor can save or improve up to three lives each time they donate blood.

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Michelle Laserna senior marketing coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant said: “It is easy to get caught up with summer activities such as days out with the family and the busy sporting calendar. But we are reminding people to book their appointment and then save the date.

“If you do need to change you appointment, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer that time slot to someone else.

“Every donation counts, and without your generous donation it wouldn’t be possible to help to save the lives of those who need it.”

NHS Blood and Transplant need donors from all blood groups, but particularly need O negative, A negative and B negative donors and people from Black and South Asian communities.

Michelle Laserna continued: “We always welcome new donors in Sussex to replace those who can’t donate anymore. If you have registered but yet to make your first appointment, then please call now to book a place.

“In general, as long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged between 17 and 66 – up to 70 if you have given blood before – you should be able to give blood.”

To register or book an appointment go online at www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.

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