Blood donors urged to come forward

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RESIDENTS in Newbiggin and Ashington are being urged to donate blood to help save lives.

The NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) unit will be on hand this month to encourage donors to come forward, as only four per cent of the eligible population give blood.

Blood donation sessions are being held at the Wansbeck Suite, in the Sports Centre on Woodhorn Road in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea on Tuesday October 18, between 2pm and 4pm and 4.45pm and 7pm and on Thursday October 20 at Hirst Welfare Centre, Alexandra Road, Ashington from 2pm until 4pm and 4.45pm until 7.15pm.

Darren Bowen, said: “For many, October can be a quieter time of the year and with the dark nights drawing in it can be tempting to stay indoors. We are urging donors to come forward this month to help maintain blood stocks.

“If you are generally in good health you could potentially help to save up to three lives with every donation you give. Colds and flu can have a knock-on effect with blood stocks, this is why we need people to act now to help save and improve patients lives across England and North Wales.”

Donated blood is used not only in accident and emergency situations but also for patients undergoing surgery and receiving treatment for cancer and blood diseases, such as leukaemia.

Giving blood can dramatically improve or save the lives of those in need of blood transfusions, in fact a single donation can be broken into three component parts (red cells, plasma and platelets) which means that one donation can potentially save or improve the lives of up to three people.

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. For more information or to book an appointment, call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk