Please keep giving blood!

Number of blood donations dropping after country goes into coronavirus lockdown.

Cleaning equipment for blood donations during coronavirus outbreak

Pic: Gareth Jones

The NHS have issued a plea to blood donors in Hampshire to keep on donating blood despite the coronavirus outbreak. The transfusion service says that although there still a good stock of blood, since the country went into lockdown donations have been dropping even though donor sessions are still running and travel to a clinic to give blood is classed as an essential journey.

The NHS Blood and Transplant service says there is no evidence that recipients can contract Covid-19 from donated blood but measures are being put in place to protect donors and staff from any possible transmission.

An NHSBT spokesperson said:

We need people in Hampshire who are fit and healthy to keep donating as normal during the coronavirus outbreak.

We’ve put extra safety measures in place and safety is always our number one priority.  We’re now doing extra cleaning and this week we’ve started triaging everyone who arrives so only people with no risk factors can enter the donation area.
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We’re asking donors in Hampshire to follow the latest advice on our website and app and the advice from the Government. We’re regularly reviewing the situation and working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care, PHE, and the UK’s other blood donation services. Donations have dropped though our stock levels are currently still good because hospitals are cancelling routine operations. We need people to keep donating to make sure we can keep supplying the blood hospitals need in the coming weeks and months. Patients and doctors are relying on us to be there.

There is a permanent blood donation centre in Southampton on Coxford Road, Southampton, SO16 5AF.

To make appointment to donate or for more information, call 0300 123 23 23, download the NHS Give Blood app, or visit www.blood.co.uk