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Blood transfusion laboratory supports national drive for blood

Poole Hospital is urging people to give blood this December to ensure stocks stay healthy over Christmas.

The hospital is supporting NHS Blood and Transplant’s call to blood donors in Poole to make and keep a date to donate in the run up to Christmas.

Demand for lifesaving blood doesn’t stop for Christmas. Last year, patients at the hospital were transfused 494 units of lifesaving blood during December. This was the highest transfusion rate experienced per month during the whole of 2016.

Many children and adults will need transfusions over the festive period as treatment for a blood condition, cancer, surgery, childbirth or an accident.

Mike Trevett, haematology and blood transfusion manager, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “This year the hospital has supported 54 patients experiencing major blood loss with approximately 50 per cent of these cases occurring during childbirth.

“All of these patients received emergency blood and acute care which would not have been possible without sufficient donor contribution.

“This figure does not include the high number of patients requiring blood support on a day to day basis which increases our demands.

“Nationally, blood stock levels can dip over the festive period as shopping, celebrations and extended public holidays mean giving blood is not a priority. However, patient demand remains the same throughout the festive period and can even increase,” continued Mike.

“By making and keeping an appointment to give blood this December, you are helping to make sure Poole Hospital, and other hospitals, can continue to treat patients.

“Donors of all blood groups are necessary, but the rarer groups like O negative, B negative and A negative are particularly important.

“It’s also important to get donations from across the country’s diverse population, as some disorders are more common in certain ethnic backgrounds and patients need to receive well matched blood.

“People from the same ethnic background are more likely to have matching blood types.”

Shailesh Mistry, regional donor marketing operations manager said: “We are really grateful for the support of Poole Hospital as we need our loyal donors in Poole more than ever at this time of year to help us meet increased demand for lifesaving blood over the festive period.

“Please make and keep a date to donate in December. If you need to cancel please give us at least three days’ notice so we can open up the appointment to another donor.”

“It’s quick and easy to make, view and change appointments at or via our mobile phone app.”

The top 10 reasons to give blood up to and over Christmas are:

  1. Patients need blood 365 days a year
  2. Missed appointments are higher in December and early January 
  3. Shopping, parties and catching-up with friends and family can get in the way in donating
  4. The rise in bugs and colds prevents more people from donating
  5. Travelling over the festive period can get in the way of donating
  6. Bad weather puts off people from going to a donation session
  7. Hospitals ask for more blood in the run up to Christmas and New Year
  8. Every week, we need to replace the nation’s entire red cell stock
  9. We have to replace the national supply of platelets every few days
  10. Stocks of rare blood groups and platelets are most likely to fall over Christmas and New Year.

Blood is collected and distributed on a regional and national basis. Blood collected in one region is not necessarily sent to hospitals in that region.

  • Make and keep your appointment to donate by calling the donor line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit where you can find your nearest donor centre and book an appointment. Locations to donate are based in the Dolphin Centre, Broadstone, Upton, Wimborne and Corfe Mullen.
  • Donors who need to cancel are asked to give three days’ notice so the slot can be opened up to someone else
  • 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.

Image caption: The Poole Hospital biomedical scientists team in the hospital’s haematology and transfusion department (L-R): Yvette Berry, biomedical scientist, Beverley Grice, biomedical scientist, Vikki Chandler-Vizard, transfusion practitioner, Alexandra Rosa, biomedical scientist, Kathryn Lee, biomedical scientist, Mike Trevett, haematology and blood transfusion manager, Odondiri-Desmond, biomedical scientist.

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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