The NHS needs a million blood donors – especially those of the rarest types

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NHS bosses want a million more blood donors over the next five years. The Mirror reports that the NHS Blood and Transplant said it was in particular need of those with the rarest blood types.

The number of active donors, those who gave in the last year, fell during the pandemic from almost 808,000 in March 2020 to just over 750,000 in February 2021. Stephen Cornes, of NHS Blood and Transplant, said “We urgently need new Black Africans and Black Caribbean donors to come forward.

“We also need one million new donors over the next five years of all blood types. As the NHS treats more patients, we also need to increase the total number of donors. »

As hospitals desperately try to catch up with a huge backlog of cases caused by the lockdowns, the demand for blood is once again skyrocketing. The NHS is short of 75,000 regular donors and stocks are now replenished by the smallest pool in the 21st century.

Helen Duggan, Director of NHS Blood and Transplant Campaigns, said: “Maintaining a safe and regular supply of blood to hospitals is our top priority. During the most critical time of the pandemic, this was achieved thanks to a loyal club of existing donors, the smallest for 25 years.”

Patients need blood all year round and the NHS must ensure a regular supply. In some parts of the country, appointments for first donors are limited. If you don’t find a niche right away, please do a search a few weeks or months in advance. Visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23 to register.

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