In the run up to Easter, NHS Blood and Transplant is asking local residents to think about those less fortunate than themselves and give blood, as well as giving gifts and chocolate to friends and family.
Donors with blood group O negative are typically known as the “universal donor” as their blood can be given to patients with a different blood group. This can prove vital in an emergency situation when there may not be time for an immediate blood grouping test to be carried out. B negative blood is in demand because certain ethnic groups are more prone to particular diseases that require blood, such as sickle cell anaemia and thalassemia and a higher proportion of these ethnic groups are Group B. Group B negative blood can be given to B negative or B positive patients. Just two-per-centof the population are B negative.
Anyone aged between 17-65 and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor.
For more information visit www.blood.co.uk or contact 0300 1232323.