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Blood donor session at Keepmoat Stadium

File photo dated 12/06/05 of a person giving blood as demand for blood donations is likely to soar during the Olympics, health experts have said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 14, 2012. NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) estimate that the demand for blood type O- will surge by 70% during the 2012 Games. Statistics show that during public holidays, demand for type O- blood - which can be transfused into any patient regardless of their own blood type - rises significantly. During the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, demand was 69% higher, statistics show. NHSBT urged donors, including those with other blood types, to come forward ahead of an 'exceptionally busy' summer for blood banks. See PA story HEALTH Blood. Photo credit should read: Haydn West/PA Wire

File photo dated 12/06/05 of a person giving blood as demand for blood donations is likely to soar during the Olympics, health experts have said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 14, 2012. NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) estimate that the demand for blood type O- will surge by 70% during the 2012 Games. Statistics show that during public holidays, demand for type O- blood - which can be transfused into any patient regardless of their own blood type - rises significantly. During the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, demand was 69% higher, statistics show. NHSBT urged donors, including those with other blood types, to come forward ahead of an 'exceptionally busy' summer for blood banks. See PA story HEALTH Blood. Photo credit should read: Haydn West/PA Wire

NHS Blood and Transplant is urging people to make sure giving blood is part of their routine.

Those wanting to donate blood are urged to go to the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster on Tuesday, September 9, from 11.45am until 7.15pm.

Although overall blood use within the NHS has reduced, thanks to improvements in clinical and surgical practices, hospitals and patients still rely on more than 7,000 people attending a donation session every day across England and North Wales.

Lead donor relations manager for NHS Blood and Transplant said: “We need to maintain healthy blood stocks all year round to make sure patients get the blood they need whenever they need it. Some of our donors might have recently been abroad to somewhere that means they need to take a short break from donating.”

She added: “If you can donate, please book an appointment to give blood and save lives. Anyone aged between 17-65, weighing more than 50kg (seven stones 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor. There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated ion the last two years.”

Donors can call 0300 123 23 23 or go online at blood.co.uk to book their appointment or walk-in slots are available on the day.

 

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