Eastbourne Urged To Give Blood This Christmas

Monday 5th December 2016

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We’re being urged to sign up to be blood donor and give blood this December in Eastbourne.

NHS Blood and Transplant is also encouraging existing donors to keep appointments in the run up to Christmas, owing to the expected rise in demand for blood during the festive season. 

The top ten reasons to give blood up to and over Christmas are:

  1. Patients need blood 365 days a year
  2. Missed appointment are higher in December and early January 
  3. Shopping, parties and catching-up with friends and family can get in the way in donating
  4. The rise in bugs and colds prevents more people from donating
  5. Travelling over the festive period can get in the way of donating
  6. Bad weather puts-off people from going to a donation session
  7. Hospitals ask for more blood in the run up to Christmas and New Year
  8. Every week, we need to replace the nation’s entire red cell stock
  9. We have to replace the national supply of platelets every few days
  10. Stocks of rare blood groups and platelets are most likely to fall over Christmas and New Year

Mike Stredder, Director of Blood Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said,  “We need our amazing donors more than ever at this time of year.

“If you make and keep an appointment this December you will be saving and improving lives over the festive season – can you think of a better gift to give?

“Please make a date to donate now. If you cannot make your appointment to give blood, please let us know as soon as possible.”

Red blood cells only have a shelf life of 35 days, and platelets, tiny cells in the blood which enable clotting, only have a shelf life of seven days. Every week the entire red cell stock needs replacing and the national supply of platelets needs replenishing every few days. NHS Blood and Transplant needs people to continue donating over the holiday period to renew stocks and meet demand from hospitals treating seriously ill patients.

Donating sessions are coming up on Thursday 15 December at the Winter Garden, Tuesday 20 December at Kings Church and Thursday 29 December Our Lady of Ransom Church Hall.

To book an appointment go online, use an NHS Give Blood app or contact us on 0300 123 23 23.

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