Blood stocks in Coventry and
Warwickshire are falling fast and more volunteers are needed to help
keep supplies up through the summer.
People who regularly give
blood, but know that they will miss their next session because of
holidays are being urged to arrange an alternative time.
Stocks of blood for emergency
use have been falling since Easter, and members of the National Blood
Service are keen to make sure that levels do not fall further in the
National Blood Service
spokesperson Carlene Dias said:
“If donors are going to
miss their next local session we are asking them to please contact
our National Donor Helpline on 0845 711711 to arrange a more
suitable date and time for them to give that vital pint.
“We always need new donors
as well, and if you are aged 17 to 60 and in general good health
lease call the same number to find out more about becoming a
Only about six per cent of the
eligible population are donors, but 1,100 donations a day are needed
in the West Midlands – that’s 70,000 new donors.
Donors with o-negative blood
are particularly needed because their blood can be given to people of
other groups in an emergency.
Sessions are coming up in the
next week in Bedworth, Polesworth, Stratford, Nuneaton, Kenilworth,
Henley-in-Arden and Coventry.