Why give blood?
There is always a need for people to give blood; that’s because every day England needs over 6,000 blood donations to treat patients. Although the demand for blood from hospitals has fallen, due to increased efficiency, new donors are always welcome to make sure there is enough blood to treat those who need it.
How blood is used
Blood is used to treat patients with medical conditions such as anaemia, cancer, blood disorders or those having surgery. Blood can be vital for people with medical conditions or who are having surgery, but blood transfusions can also improve the quality of life for people with illnesses that have no cure.
Blood is made up of a number of components, including red blood cells, platelets and plasma. Each of these can be used to treat many different conditions. Blood is usually separated into its individual components or parts, so patients can be given the particular component that they require.
Donated blood is given to patients in a blood transfusion; these are given via an intravenous line into a blood vessel. Transfusions helps save millions of lives every year, it can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with higher quality of life. It supports complex medical and surgical procedures by having an essential life-saving role.
Blood groups and types needed
NHS blood and transplant are seeking more donors of all blood groups and types, but there is a particular search for more people from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic communities to make sure there is enough supply for the demand.
Rare blood types
O Rh negative blood is rare but essential because it is the only blood type that can be given to anyone, regardless of their blood type.
The objectives of World Blood Donor Day
World Blood Donor Day is taking place on Wednesday 14th June 2017; the event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving actions and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood. They also aim to promote and highlight the need to share life by donating blood.
This year’s slogan has been adapted to ‘share life, give blood’ to draw attention to the roles that voluntary donation systems play in encouraging people to care for one another and promote communities coming together to join as one.
The campaign also aims to highlight stories of people who’s lives have been saved through blood donations, to motivate regular blood donors to continue giving blood and to motivate others, who are in good health, to start giving.
If you would like to start donating blood visit https://www.blood.co.uk/the-donation-process/registering-online/ or call on 0331232323 and help to ensure we have enough blood to save lives every day.