Help keep vital blood stocks up over Easter

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THE NHS is appealing for blood donors to make a special effort to give blood this month as stocks are expected to dip over Easter.

The NHS Blood and Transplant service are anticipating a drop in blood supplies as many people go away or have other commitments over the four-day Easter break, followed by the royal wedding.

Jon Latham, assistant director of marketing for blood service, said: ‘The royal wedding and the double bank holiday presents welcome extra excitement for the nation, but it could become a distraction as people throw themselves into the celebrations or take extended holidays.

‘We’re asking donors to make a special effort to give blood during April at the sessions planned between the two bank holidays. If you’ve never given blood before, right now is a good time to start.’

Healthy blood stocks are vital to ensure that patients undergoing surgery and receiving treatment for cancer and blood diseases, continue to receive the transfusions they need.

Donors need to be aged between 17 and 65, weigh at least 50kg and be in general good health.

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