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NHS appeals for blood donors

File photo dated 12/06/05 of a person giving blood as demand for blood donations is likely to soar during the Olympics, health experts have said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 14, 2012. NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) estimate that the demand for blood type O- will surge by 70% during the 2012 Games. Statistics show that during public holidays, demand for type O- blood - which can be transfused into any patient regardless of their own blood type - rises significantly. During the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, demand was 69% higher, statistics show. NHSBT urged donors, including those with other blood types, to come forward ahead of an 'exceptionally busy' summer for blood banks. See PA story HEALTH Blood. Photo credit should read: Haydn West/PA Wire

File photo dated 12/06/05 of a person giving blood as demand for blood donations is likely to soar during the Olympics, health experts have said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 14, 2012. NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) estimate that the demand for blood type O- will surge by 70% during the 2012 Games. Statistics show that during public holidays, demand for type O- blood - which can be transfused into any patient regardless of their own blood type - rises significantly. During the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, demand was 69% higher, statistics show. NHSBT urged donors, including those with other blood types, to come forward ahead of an 'exceptionally busy' summer for blood banks. See PA story HEALTH Blood. Photo credit should read: Haydn West/PA Wire

The NHS is urging people across Yorkshire to give blood this summer before they head off on their holidays.

Blood stocks reduce during the summer months as people enjoy the warm weather and have less time to donate, but the health service remains reliant on 7,000 people giving blood every day across England and North Wales.

There is particularly strong demand for those with blood groups B Rh negative and O Rh negative.

There will be blood donation sessions at Morley Town Hall on August 7 and August 20, from 2pm - 4pm and 5pm - 7.30pm.

Donna Batty, lead donor relations manager for Yorkshire and the North said: “We know people are busy and especially in the summer but we’re asking that they remember those hospital patients who need blood to save or improve their lives. We’re asking our donors to please make an appointment to donate before they go away.

“If you’ve never given blood before, why not make this summer the time you join our donors an make a difference to others? Each blood donation can potentially save up to three lives.”

Anyone aged between 17 - 65 and weighing more than 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) can give blood. Appointments can be made at www.blood.co.uk.

 

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