Donors from blood group O negative needed

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PEOPLE with a particular type of blood group are being asked to come forward and donate.

Those in the O negative band are being asked to donate to meet demand.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), which organises blood donor sessions, says people have cancelled appointments due to winter illness.

But this does mean some stocks have fallen – notably those that are O negative.

Jon Latham, assistant director of marketing for NHSBT, said: ‘We would like to urge all O negative donors to walk into their most convenient donor session to give blood to help rebuild stock levels.

‘We are always grateful to donors who respond to calls such as this and appreciate that in doing so they do give up some of their precious time.

‘Waiting times may vary in the next few days as we try to accommodate all donors. Demand for blood never stops.

‘O negative donors can help to ensure healthy blood stocks in the upcoming weeks by giving blood now and in the next few days.’

Donors with blood group are commonly known as the ‘universal donor’ as their blood can be given to patients with a different blood group.

To make an appointment please call 0300 123 23 23 or visit the website at blood.co.uk.