Added on: 12th October, 2017 by Jane _20810
Take time to relax in a donor chair and give blood this autumn
For many people the start of autumn is when routines are changed and you are more likely to stay indoors and hibernate. But it is also a chance to spend your extra hour helping to save lives donating blood in a comfy donor chair in Sheffield, then keep it as part of your regime by making an appointment with NHS Blood and Transplant.
Blood is always needed, with hospitals in England requiring around 6,000 units of blood every day to treat a range of patients. For some patients who have severe blood loss, such as those who have complications in childbirth or a traffic accident, a blood transfusion can make the difference between life and death.
Donors are urged to donate to keep stocks healthy, as it is important that vital blood stocks are maintained at all times. Red blood cells have a shelf life of just 35 days and platelets a shelf life of only seven days. NHS Blood and Transplant needs to collect enough blood in the right quantities of each type to meet patient needs. Donations from all blood groups, but especially from O negative, B negative and A negative donors, are needed.
Autumn is a time to think about giving and helping others in need. We are asking blood donors in Sheffield to make an appointment to donate blood to keep stocks healthy throughout the autumn months.”
Nearly 200,000 new donors are needed each year to replace those who no longer can donate for reasons such as ill health, pregnancy or foreign travel.
New donors are always welcome in Sheffield. Giving blood is simple and easy to do and will only take about an hour of your time. It could literally be a matter of life and death for somebody else. You never know whose life you could save. Please book your appointment now and get the date in your diary to help others.
Become a blood donor. Register and book an appointment at www.blood.co.uk or call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23. You can use our app to find and book sessions, search 'NHSGiveBlood'.
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.