Local Blood Donor sessions
The need for blood never stops. We are always urging people to come along to their nearest blood session to give a donation.
A single donation can be broken into three component parts (red cells, plasma and platelets) which means that your one donation can help save or improve the lives of up to three people.
Blood stocks are used up in a matter of days so the NBS counts on people continuing to step forward to donate blood. Certain blood products only have a shelf life of five days so the NBS need to constantly renew their stocks.
The Blood service is very grateful to donors who continually come forward year after year to help save lives. It is an altruistic act and we hope others follow in their footsteps.
The NBS needs to collect 7,000 donations of blood each day to supply hospitals in England and north Wales with the blood products needed to treat patients. Blood is used for a wide-range of medical procedures including cancer care, general surgery, in maternity care and for accident and emergency situations.
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.
Sessions in the Winterbourne area: #www.blood.co.uk
Type in your postcode in the "search" box.
The site is also a mine of information for absolutely all you need to know about giving blood
You can #enrol as a blood donor here.
The NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is a Special Health Authority in the NHS. It is the organ donor organisation for the UK and is responsible for matching and allocating donated organs. Its remit also includes the provision of a reliable, efficient supply of blood and associated services to the NHS. NHSBT has launched the Donor Line number - 0300 123 23 23 - which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with all calls charged at the standard local rate, even from mobile phones. The previous separate donation numbers, 0845 60 60 40 and 08457 711 711, have both been diverted to this new Donor Line. The NBS collects approximately 2 million units of blood each year from 1.3 million blood donors Only 4% of the eligible population are active blood donors A unit of blood is measured as 470mls (or just under a pint) There are 4 main blood groups - O, A, B and AB. Group O is the most common and therefore the most in demand. Over 95 per cent of the blood collected is processed into its main components - red cells, platelets and plasma. A regular supply of blood is vital - red cells last only 35 days and platelets only 5 days.