18th June 2012
NHS Kent and Medway is supporting NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)’s campaign to increase blood supplies before 2012’s major summer events.
This summer, NHSBT is looking to increase blood supplies by 30 per cent above normal levels because voluntary blood donations can fall in the run up to and during large scale national events.
Dr Robert Stewart, Co-Medical Director, NHS Kent and Medway said: “We know that even regular donors can miss appointments when distracted by national events and celebrations. With an increase in the number of visitors to the UK, it’s important that people still give blood, and don’t forget their appointments in the excitement of the European Football Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games and music festivals.
“Blood donation is important and each unit of donated blood, which is just under a pint, saves or improves the lives of up to three patients. If you are eligible to give blood, please make an appointment by calling 0300 123 23 23.”