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Blood donors called to roll up their sleeves over Easter

Sarah Mason 12th Apr, 2022

BLOOD donors across Solihull are being called on to roll up their sleeves over Easter to help keep blood stocks stable.

The NHS Blood and Transplant say there is a particular need for donors with O positive and O negative and B negative blood types at present.

Blood is needed to treat patients with cancer, blood disorders and those suffering medical trauma or undergoing surgery.

Existing donors who are eligible to donate are being urged to make and keep an appointment at the Birmingham donor centre on New Street where there are plenty of spare appointments.

Currently four in ten appointments over the next two weeks are available to book.

Katrina Davies, clinical head of central region at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We currently have enough blood to meet demand but stocks are vulnerable.

“As we enter the Easter period it is vital that we continue to collect enough blood.

“If you used to donate blood but haven’t done so in a while, please come back if you can – our fantastic team at Birmingham donor centre will be delighted to welcome you.”

NHS Blood and Transplant say it currently has enough blood and services to hospitals remain as normal, but stocks are currently one day below the usual six day target.

It added this was due to donor and staff absences – mostly due to seasonal illnesses and Covid-19 – are putting pressure on its ability to maintain consistent stocks.

For those who have already made an appointment there is a plea to help ensure as many donations go ahead as possible by keeping to the appointment or giving as much notice as possible – ideally seven days – if there is a need to reschedule so the slot can be offered to another donor.

For more or to book an appointment click here, call 0300 123 23 23 or download the NHS Give Blood app.

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