We’re being encouraged to make the new year’s resolution to give blood in East Sussex in 2017.
Those aged under 45 and those from ethnic backgrounds are particularly needed to register as a donor, along with anyone who has the universal blood group O negative.
NHS Blood and Transplant always needs first time donors to replace those who can’t donate any more, and to ensure we have the right mix of blood groups to meet patient needs.
Mike Stredder, Director of Blood Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said, “The New Year has traditionally been a time when people think about giving things up. This year we’re asking people in East Sussex to make a new kind of resolution and register to give blood. Or if you’ve already done so but haven’t managed to donate, we’d love to welcome you to one of our sessions in 2017. It’s easy to sign up to become a blood donor and book an appointment, online, via an app or on the phone. Each donation can potentially save up to three lives. In 2017 don’t just give up, give.”
In general, as long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before) you should be able to give blood. If you are over 70, you need to have given blood in the last two years to continue donating.
Those who are already a blood donor are being asked to consider becoming a platelet donor, with those who are A negative particularly wanted to sign up. One platelet donation can help up to three adults or twelve babies or children.
You can register to become a blood donor online, searching NHSGiveBlood in the app store, or by calling 0300 123 23 23.