A call for new donors to donate blood in the Preston area has begun.Advertisement
NHSBT hold regular blood donation sessions at the Gujarat Hindu Society (GHS) Centre and they need more donors with Asian heritage to come forward and give blood.
Mr Ishwer Tailor, President of the GHS centre in Preston where blood donation sessions are currently being held this June.
Mr Tailor, who has been donating blood since the age of 18, spoke about his experience:
“I have been donating for around 30 years now. A blood donation team came to my place of work at Leyland Motors. Blood is required in hospitals and emergencies and I thought it was a good cause. I wanted to help another human.”
Mr Tailor explained the process of a session. Donors fill in a consent form and a blood sample is taken to check if it is healthy. Nurses then ask questions about general health before putting a needle in the preferred arm until enough blood is collected.
Tape is then placed on the donor’s arm, which is to be kept for 6 hours. They have time to rest followed by the Centre offering complimentary biscuits.
Tailor encouraged other possible donors to come forward: “You should give it a go. The centre is a friendly place and there are people here to help if you are anxious. You can watch and learn from the experience.
“Blood donation is something which everyone should consider, especially minorities and young people because of the shortage of certain blood types. They can experience the value of giving blood.”
Preston NHS Blood and Transplant would like to remind blood donors to keep their appointment within upcoming months. They would also like to encourage new donors to come forward ahead of new donation sessions.
Hospitals in England require around 6000 units of blood every day to treat a range of patients in accidents, emergencies, and a wide variety of life-saving procedures.
Amanda Eccles, Senior Marketing Coordinator at NHSBT, said: “It is always important to ensure blood stock levels are maintained, and especially so as they can be more vulnerable around public holidays. So we are urging people to please keep your appointment, in particular if your blood group is O negative or A negative.
“Around 85% of donors are able to keep their appointments, however if you do need to change your appointment please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer that time to someone else.
“A huge thanks to donors in Preston, as without your generous donation it wouldn’t be possible to help to save the lives of those who need it.”
“We always welcome new donors in the Preston area to replace those who can’t donate anymore. If you have registered but yet to make your first appointment, then please call now to book a place or visit www.blood.co.uk.”
The next blood donation session at the GHS Centre is Wednesday 29th June (Open 13:45 – 15:45 & 16:45 – 19:30).
We also hold sessions in Fulwood, UCLan, Lea and Penwortham.
To book an appointment for blood donation call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk. It is also easy to book through mobile apps for Windows, Android and Apple devices. To download the app, search ‘NHSGiveBlood’ in the app store.