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Please help

Posted: 16/08/18

The NHS blood and transplant service needs your help.

Blood supplies in our country are running short. It is the aim of the blood service to have six days supply in order to meet patient demand but due to the recent hot weather conditions some stocks have dropped to just three days.

This is an urgent appeal for people with O negative, B negative and RO blood groups to please go to their nearest NHS Blood Centre and donate blood.

Your blood is made up of red cells, plasma and platelets and is used to treat many different conditions and illnesses. When you give blood your donation is separated into individual components which can be used to treat different patients.

As blood only has a short shelf life it is important to keep on top of the supply. Our red blood cells can only be stored for 35 days, platelets is only seven days but our plasma is three years.

For those people going through surgery or who have a medical condition our blood is vital but for people with an illness that has no cure, a blood transfusion can help improve their quality of life.

Why not take some time out of your day and visit the NHS Blood and transplant service website. If you are aged between 17 and 70, fit and healthy please help by giving some blood.