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10th Aug, 2022

Blood donors urgently needed to replenish 'vulnerable' stock levels

Sarah Mason 2nd Jul, 2022

SILHILLIANS are being called on to roll up their sleeves and donate blood as stock levels have dropped at Birmingham Donor Centre.

The NHS Blood and Transplant is urgently appealing for people to make an appointment as stock levels have fallen to ‘vulnerable’ due to illness and holidays.

The lowest blood stock is for O positive, with national levels at around three days, while the NHS seeks to have six.

Donors with this type are particularly needed, though donors of all types are welcome, especially O and B negative.

Demand for blood has also risen as hospitals catch up on the backlog of routine activity postponed due to the pandemic.

Hospitals are continuing to receive all the blood they need but more donation appointments are now needed to ensure stocks do not fall further.

Blood is used to treat patients with cancer, blood disorders and those suffering medical trauma or undergoing surgery

An NHS Blood and Transplant spokesperson said: “We currently have blood to meet demand but stocks have dropped and we need to stop them falling further – now. We urgently need more people to book appointments.

“If you are one of our amazing donors in Birmingham, or you want to donate for the first time, please make and keep an appointment for the next few days or weeks.

“If you used to donate blood but haven’t done so in a while, please come back if you can – our fantastic team at Birmingham Donor Centre will be delighted to welcome you. Every appointment counts.”

For more or to book and appointment call 0300 123 23 23 visit www.blood.co.uk or download the Give Blood App.

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