Blood donor ap­peal af­ter snow ‘beast’ leaves stocks low

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - CHRIS SLATER

THE ‘Beast from the East’ has left blood stocks in Greater Manch­ester badly de­pleted.

The NHS has now made an ur­gent ap­peal for peo­ple to ‘do some­thing amaz­ing’ and make po­ten­tially life­sav­ing do­na­tions.

Health chiefs say re­cent pe­ri­ods of snow and bad weather have led to thou­sands fewer do­na­tions than nor­mal.

They are ap­peal­ing for help build­ing stocks up again ahead of the busy Easter pe­riod, when do­na­tions also tend to drop.

The NHS Blood and Trans­plant ser­vice is par­tic­u­larly short and is look­ing for do­na­tions from peo­ple who are O neg­a­tive and B neg­a­tive.

The aim is to have six days-worth of blood stock at a time, but the ser­vice only has two or three daysworth of O and B neg­a­tive.

A state­ment read: “We ur­gently need peo­ple to do­nate at our donor cen­tres be­fore Easter and over the Easter week­end.

“We es­pe­cially need O neg­a­tive and B neg­a­tive donors. Do­na­tions drop at Easter and stocks are al­ready low be­cause of the re­cent bad weather.

“We are urg­ing peo­ple to do­nate blood at our per­ma­nent donor cen­tres. We still have ex­tra ap­point­ments and walk-in slots avail­able.

“Thanks to the fan­tas­tic re­sponse from donors, our ses­sions in com­mu­nity venues are al­most full, but we need more to make sure hos­pi­tal pa­tients get the blood they need.”

There are 86 ap­point­ments avail­able at the do­na­tion bank in Manch­ester city cen­tre, at Nor­folk House just off Mar­ket Street.

Ap­point­ments can be made for Thurs­day be­tween 11am and 6.40pm, Fri­day (March 30) be­tween 8.20am and 4pm and Mon­day (April 2) be­tween 8.20am and 4pm.

There are also some ap­point­ments at the donor cen­tre on Ply­mouth Grove in Longsight.

Ex­ist­ing donors do not have to make an ap­point­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion on be­com­ing a donor, or to ar­range an ap­point­ment, visit blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.

The re­cent bad weather that hit the area has dis­rupted blood donor ses­sions leav­ing stocks (in­set) de­pleted

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