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National Blood Week, 8 – 14 June

Blood donation

The 8 – 14 June is National Blood Week, and Lincolnshire CCG continues to encourage people to give blood.

Around 6,000 units of blood are needed every day to help save the lives of sick and injured people across England and Wales, and, for some people who have experienced severe blood loss, a blood transfusion can mean the difference between life and death.  In addition, we need 135,000 new blood donors each year to replace those who stop donating and to ensure we have the right mix of blood groups to match patient needs in the future.

NHS Blood and Transplant is working with the rest of the NHS to keep supplying lifesaving blood to hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic, and blood donation is considered essential travel.

.  Blood and platelet stocks are good but please keep donating, and thank you to all the donors who are keeping blood and platelet levels steady during the coronavirus pandemic.

We would like to remind everyone that:

  • Travel to donate blood is classed as essential travel.
  • We need people to keep donating blood as normal. Giving blood saves lives.
  • If you are fit and well, please try to keep your appointment or book for the future.
  • Visit Blood.co.uk for more information
  • Donor centres are open, extra safety measures are in place, and staff are taking special measures to provide a clean and safe space for you to donate.

Generally speaking, provided you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50 kg), and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before), you should be able to give blood.  People aged over 70 need to have given blood in the last two years in order to continue donating.

To find out more or book an appointment to donate visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.

 

Published 04/06/2020

Lincolnshire CCG