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Plea for Bucks to keep donating blood

NHS Blood & Transplant have seen a big drop in people giving blood due to coronavirus.

Published by Dan Gooding at 12:59pm 30th March 2020. 2-minute read.

Plea for Bucks to keep donating blood

Extra safety measures have been put in place to keep blood donations happening in Buckinghamshire.

NHS Blood & Transplant have seen a 15% drop in donations across the UK and say they still need us to keep giving blood.

Everyone who arrives at a donor station in Bucks is being triaged to make sure there is no risk.

An NHS Blood and Transplant spokesperson said:

"We need people in Buckinghamshire who are fit and healthy to keep donating as normal during the coronavirus outbreak. We've put extra safety measures in place and safety is always our number one priority.  We're now doing extra cleaning and this week we've started triaging everyone who arrives so only people with no risk factors can enter the donation area.

"A lot of people have called us asking if sessions are still going ahead. We need them to know that our sessions and donor centres are still open and that travel to a blood donation sessions is essential for the NHS. Blood donation is a reason to do something amazing. Blood donation saves lives. 

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"We're asking donors in Buckinghamshire to follow the latest advice on our website and app and the advice from the Government.

"We're regularly reviewing the situation and working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care, PHE, and the UK's other blood donation services. Donations have dropped though our stock levels are currently still good because hospitals are cancelling routine operations.

"We need people to keep donating to make sure we can keep supplying the blood hospitals need in the coming weeks and months. Patients and doctors are relying on us to be there."

To make appointment to donate or for more information, call 0300 123 23 23, download the NHS Give Blood app, or visit www.blood.co.uk

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