Ten Thousand Blood Donors Needed In Yorkshire and Humber
6:01am 27th December 2012
100,000 new donors are needed before Valentines day to meet the shortfall in blood donations – that’s 10,300 from Yorkshire and Humberside alone.
NHS Blood and Transplant say tehy want to recruit 100,000 new donors before February the 14th to protect future blood stocks. They add that every year 225,000 new donors are needed to replace existing donors who drop out of the system. This year, they say, the need is more urgent following a dramatic decline in the number of younger donors signing up.
Young people are vital to the blood service say NHSBT, with 17-24 year olds accounting for around 40% of new donors each year. They add that of the 10,300 donors needed from Yorkshire and Humberside, approximately 4,100 are expected to be in this age bracket. But the number of young donors registering has been falling steadily; by 20% over the last 10 years and this year has seen a particularly sharp decline, with a 50% drop in the number of 17-18 year olds registering compared to 2011 say NHSBT.
NHSBT spokesperson, Jon Latham, said: “The number of young people donating has been falling for the last decade but this year there’s been a sharp drop and we now need 100,000 donors to sign up in the next 100 days to start addressing the shortfall. We welcome all eligible new donors, but a failure to boost the number of young donors now will put a strain on the blood service in the years to come.”
Blood donations are a vital resource say NHSBT to help treat health conditions including cancer and long term illnesses, people involved in accidents and in maternity care. Hospitals across England need 7,000 units of blood every day and each unit saves or improves the lives of up to three people. Over a lifetime, some blood donors help more than 500 people through their donations.
NHSBT say recruitment events will be taking place across the region from next week so anyone wanting to find out more is urged to come along and sign up.
A newly launched application for Android and Apple Smartphone and tablet devices enables donors to search for their nearest blood donation sessions. The app is called NHSGiveBlood and can be found at the Apple app store and the Google Play Store.
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