Busy summer ending but the need for blood never does

With the busy summer of sport coming to a close, blood donors are now being asked to help keep stocks healthy ahead of winter.

Although the exciting events are ending, the demand for blood never does. Currently 7,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals across England and North Wales every day.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is reminding blood donors and those thinking about giving blood for the first time in Birmingham to donate to continue to keep stocks healthy.

Donated blood is used to save the lives of sick and injured patients every day. It helps not only in accident and emergency situations, but also patients undergoing surgery and receiving treatment for cancer and blood diseases, such as leukaemia.

Blood has a limited shelf life of 35 days for red blood cells and seven days for platelets, meaning it is vital that donors continue to come forward.

Shailesh Mistry, Lead Donor Relations Manager for NHSBT, said: “We are so grateful to all the donors who helped us over a very busy Summer.

“Now we need people to keep giving, or come and donate for the first time, so that we can ensure that stocks remain at a health levels.

“With every donation potentially saving three lives, you really can make an amazing contribution by giving blood. Birmingham Donor Centre is open Monday – Friday with late nights Monday, Wednesday & Thursday and with a City Centre location we hope more Birmingham residents will roll their sleeves up and help keep blood stocks healthy going into Autumn.”

Birmingham Donor Centre
2nd Floor
65 New Street
Birmingham

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 book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk for sessions throughout Birmingham

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