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Calls to Donate Blood This Christmas


11:44am 29th December 2013

NHS Blood and Transplant is calling for people living in North Yorkshire to step forward and donate blood to patients whose lives depend on blood transfusions so they get what they need over the festive period.

November through to the New Year is typically a challenging time for blood stocks. Hospitals in England and North Wales need up to half a million units of blood to see them through this time. However Christmas and sale shopping, the party season and the general rush together with the extended public holidays mean taking the time to donate can slip off people's to-do list, putting pressure on blood stocks.

A unit of blood has a shelf life of 35 days. Each unit donated can help, save or improve the lives of up to three people. Besides being crucial to A&E, blood is used to treat patients with cancer, blood disorders like sickle cell or thalassemia as well as women needing blood during childbirth.

If you're 17 or over and in general good health, visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23 to find a session in the area to go and give blood. While all donors are important O Rh negative and B Rh negative blood donors are particularly needed. 

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