NHS appeals for Midhurst donations

NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people in Midhurst not to forget hospital patients at this time of the year.

John Canning, lead donor relations manager for the south east for NHS Blood and Transplant, is urging people to help: “This time of year is an important time to give, as stocks are often more vulnerable around public holidays, when people are busy getting out and about or going away for breaks.

“Giving blood now and in the next few weeks will also help boost blood stocks before people turn their attention towards England in the Football World Cup.

“Please don’t forget about those hospital patients who rely on blood donors to save their lives or keep them well.

“We need more than 7,000 people to attend a blood donation session every day to collect the amount of blood hospitals across England and North Wales need to treat patients.

“All you need to do is visit www.blood.co.uk, find a local session and make an appointment.”

NHS Blood and Transplant needs people from all blood groups to donate, but O negative and B negative donors are particularly needed.

In general, as long as you are fit and healthy, weigh more than 50kg and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before) you should be able to give blood.

For more information about who can donate blood or to book an appointment visit the website www.blood.co.uk or contact 0300 1232323.

There will be a blood donation session at the Midhurst Methodist Church Centre in North Street, on Friday, May 30 from 1.45pm-4.30pm and 5.30pm-8pm.