A blood donor centre is appealing to residents in Gedling borough with O negative blood to make donations due to worryingly low stocks.
NHS Blood and Transplant say O negative is the ‘universal’ blood donor group which can be given to almost anyone, making it especially important in emergencies.
The centre says there is an urgent need to rebuild stocks of all blood groups in the next few weeks, but especially O negative, before the winter weather stops many people from donating.
Nottingham Donor Centre has around 900 appointments available over the next four weeks. Donors with O negative who cannot book a convenient appointment should call 0300 123 23 23 and NHS Blood and Transplant will find a space for them as soon as possible.
Mike Stredder, Director Blood Donation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We’re urging our loyal blood donors, especially our O negative donors, to help us out by making appointments to give blood as soon as they can at Nottingham donor centre.
“Seriously ill hospital patients rely on blood donors to save their lives. O negative can be used safely with any patient which makes it particularly valuable in accident and emergency situations.
“Only around 7-8% of the population have O negative blood, yet demand for this special group accounts for around 13% of all hospital requests.
“If you are an existing O negative donor, please make an appointment to donate as soon as you can or give us a call.”
NHS Blood and Transplant is making the appeal especially over the permanent blood donor centre. Community venues in church halls in the wider area are more likely to be full already in the next few weeks because they have fewer appointments available.
First time donors might not be able to find appointments at the moment. Nottingham Donor Centre is prioritising existing donors before Christmas to ensure they can rebuild stocks.
- Nottingham Donor Centre is at North Church St, Nottingham NG1 4B.
- Existing blood donors, especially O negative donors, are urged to make an appointment by calling 0300 123 23 23 or visiting www.blood.co.uk
- O negative donors who can’t see an appointment should call on 0300 123 23 23 and the team will find them a space as soon as we can.
- If you are a new donor who can’t see an appointment, please don’t worry, the centre needs blood all year round – please make an appointment to donate in the New Year.