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North Yorkshire Residents Urged to Give Blood


9:39am 23rd January 2013

People in York and North Yorkshire are being urged not to let the short month of February stop them giving blood.


With only 28 days in the calendar this month, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is appealing to new and existing donors in the area to make a date to donate in plenty of time.


NHS Blood and Transplant say that blood stocks can often come under pressure during the winter as adverse weather conditions and seasonal illnesses prevent regular donors from keeping their appointments, making it doubly important for people to give blood if able to do so.


NHSBT add that donated blood is vital for a wide variety of life-saving procedures in local hospitals. Patients undergoing major surgery and emergency treatment often require blood transfusions, but perhaps less well-known is the fact that blood is essential to the treatment for many different types of cancer and blood disorders say NHS Blood and Transplant.


NHSBT’s Lead Donor Relations Manager for the Yorkshire and the North, Donna Batty, said: “As there are only 28 days in February, there’s always the chance that people may intend to give blood this month but leave it too late to make an appointment.


“As a result, we’d urge both existing and new donors to help save lives by booking into one of their local sessions as soon as they can. This can be done quickly and easily by going to www.blood.co.uk or calling 0300 123 23 23.”


Anyone aged between 17-65, weighing more than 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor, say NHS Blood and Transplant. They add that there is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.


For more information, to book an appointment or to find a local blood donor session please call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk

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